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Research Scientist, Sculpting Evolution

Employer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location
South Boston, MA
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Sector
Science, Life Sciences, Evolution
Organization Type
Corporate
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REQUIRED: Ph.D. in biology, chemistry, physics, bioinformatics, mechanical engineering, computer science or related field; skill troubleshooting experiments involving complex systems; specialized expertise in multiple fields supporting genome, cell, and organism editing applied to biosecurity, ecological engineering, and animal well-being; and experience with cell culture, virus propagation, genome editing, flow cytometry, animal husbandry. PREFERRED: one year of postdoctoral experience; skill with and willingness to learn several of the following: library construction, NGS sample preparation, sequencing, and data analysis; mammalian cell culture and engineering experience; experience with computational biology algorithms, including bioinformatics, computational structural biology, statistical machine learning, and deep learning; experience with high-performance and cloud computing, especially AWS, GitHub, and Docker; familiarity with circuits, hardware, 3D printing, and/or robotics or willingness to learn the basics; strong written and oral communication skills; and interest in mentorship and helping others learn. Job #20462

This position will be working on-site. Please note MIT's pandemic guidance and on-campus requirements.

11/24/21

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, SCULPTING EVOLUTION, Media Lab-Sculpting Evolution Group, to supervise and assist research projects focused on advancing biotechnology safely. The group's overt research interests have shifted over the past few years, but retains a focus on understanding and controlling evolution, including its PRANCE system for high-throughput robotic directed evolution but adding machine learning and in silico directed evolution to its repertoire. The focus is now more on engineering mammalian systems, not just in developing novel genome editing approaches relevant to ecological engineering but also with relevance to biosecurity and mitigating catastrophic risks, for reasons outlined here. Ongoing projects include Secure DNA and the Nucleic Acid Observatory, receptor decoys, and other broad-spectrum or rapidly scalable defenses against exponentially spreading agents.

A full job description is available at https://www.media.mit.edu/about/job-opportunities/.
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