11 days old
2018-06-072018-07-07

Functional Apparel Designer

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Duties & Responsibilities

The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances. For more information, visit: http://wyss.harvard.edu/.
 
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented and creative individual to contribute to the design and construction of structured, functional textiles for wearable robotic applications. Reporting to the Director of Operations and working closely with the Platform Faculty, Staff, and Researchers, the Apparel Designer will take functional and technical requirements from an engineering and biomechanics team and interpret these into a broad range of prototyped garments. More specifically, the successful candidate will:

  • Develop an understanding of the functional requirements of various wearable robot embodiments through discussions with engineers, scientists, biomechanists, and clinicians.
  • Provide design input, textile selection, pattern making, and iterative soft goods fabrication for wearable technical garments including components such as performance textiles, embedded sensors, actuators, batteries, and integrated wiring.
  • Create technical drawings / sketches and representations of garment designs such that construction information and strategic concepts are developed early with team member and feedback collected prior to construction.
  • Possess an in-depth knowledge of both technical and non-technical textiles, stretchable fabrics, construction, prototyping, and sewing techniques to produce durable garments capable of withstanding heavy use.
  • Optimize previously generated garment designs with ongoing modifications for performance, form, function, comfort, fit, style, sizing, and testing requirements.
  • Test constructed garments for functionality and usability with target audiences, collect and document feedback, and identify necessary metrics to measure and optimize various system parameters against functional requirements.
  • Interface with outside vendors to leverage more advanced materials and construction approaches.
  • Create and manage a library of all materials and fabrication techniques appropriate for wearable robotics as well as explore new materials to achieve the specific functional requirements of the applications.

Requirements

Basic Qualifications

BA/BS Degree in apparel design, textiles, garment engineering or similar. Minimum of 2 years of experience with technically sophisticated apparel projects.

Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated the ability to collaborate effectively across a wide variety of disciplines including technical engineering staff. Ability to fabricate designs within tight timelines to create both presentation appropriate models and functionally appropriate models for rigorous testing. Ability to handle all different aspects of apparel fabrication including a broad understanding of the most appropriate construction methods for high performance applications. Experience with fabricating orthoses, wearable medical devices, wearable technology, and/or analyzing human walking is a big plus. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential.  

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

At the Wyss Institute, we leverage recent insights into how Nature builds, controls and manufactures to develop new engineering innovations - a new field of research we call Biologically Inspired Engineering. Our scientists, engineers and clinicians, who come from Harvard's Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Design, and Education as well as 12 collaborating academic institutions and hospitals, work alongside staff with industrial experience in product development to engineer transformative solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems. By emulating biological principles of self assembly, organization and regulation, we are developing disruptive technology solutions for healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing, which are translated into commercial products and therapies through formation of new startups and corporate alliances.

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