The Harvard Microrobotics Lab is seeking postdoctoral researchers in the area of soft robotics, in particular for soft dexterous manipulation and for marine applications of soft robotics. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field. Applicants must have experience with modeling, design, construction, and control of soft material robots.

Applicants should send a cover letter briefly describing their background and career plans, a CV, and the names and contact information for at least three references (all as a single pdf). The position is open this summer (e.g., 8/1/2020 or 9/1/2020) and guaranteed for a year with a possible second year extension. These documents should be submitted as pdf attachments to Prof. Wood: rjwood@seas.harvard.edu

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

In addition, exceptional candidates seeking external fellowships are welcome to contact Prof. Wood to discuss opportunities. Example postdoctoral fellowships include the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology, the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, and the James S. McDonnell Fellowship in Complex Systems.


The Harvard Microrobotics Lab will likely seek 1-2 graduate students for the upcoming admissions cycle (Fall 2021 incoming class).


We welcome Harvard undergraduates who are interested in gaining research experience in the areas of mechanical design, circuit design, microfabrication, fluid mechanics, and controls. Please note that we generally discourage short term projects (single semester) since there is a significant amount of training required prior to participating in one of our research programs. Harvard students interested in long-term (one year or more) intensive research projects are encouraged to contact Prof. Wood.