Research Scientist Mammalian Bioengineering, Sculpting Evolution
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Location: Cambridge, MA
- Job Number: 7081504
- Posting Date: Jul 22, 2021
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionWorking at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.
RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MAMMALIAN BIOENGINEERING, Media Lab-Sculpting Evolution Group, to supervise and assist research projects focusing on advancing biotechnology safely. Will design and perform experiments involving mammalian cells and animals, supervise diverse research projects in the group, train and mentor new arrivals, help manage key collaborations, write publications and grant proposals, and optionally engage in science communication to general audiences or to policymakers. While the group retains a focus on understanding and controlling evolution, including its PRANCE system for high-throughput robot-directed evolution, it now has a more explicit focus on mammals. This includes directed evolution in mammalian cells, but also the application of its newly developed ability to massively multiplex CRISPR, which it’s not only using for new approaches to ecological engineering, but should also enable the group to programmably engineer cells to resist viruses and other emergent pathogens. In addition, a promising new approach to developing non-immunogenic receptor decoys against diverse classes of viruses has been uncovered which could help broadly mitigate catastrophic risks. Other examples ongoing projects in this last area that touch on mammalian cells include Secure DNA and the Nucleic Acid Observatory.
A full description is available at https://www.media.mit.edu/about/job-opportunities/.
REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in biology fields yielding mammalian expertise or related fields; expertise and experience working with mammalian biology and/or bioengineering; experience with standard and many advanced molecular biology techniques; skill with troubleshooting experiments involving complex systems; comfort with animal models or willingness to learn and work closely with veterinarians; and willingness to study viruses and other pathogens (replication-incompetent/BSL2+). PREFERRED: one year of postdoctoral experience. Job #19841