Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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RESEARCH ASSOCIATE , Biological Engineering-MIT-Broad Foundry , to join an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers working together to address challenges in metabolic engineering, biochemistry, and/or synthetic biology. Will conceive and execute innovative laboratory research in the area of designing and manipulating microbes to produce novel chemicals and materials. These efforts will be tightly coordinated with a team developing computational tools for genetic design. Will research new ways to design biosynthetic pathways, test these designs, and iterate to improve the design methodologies. Research tasks will include in-silico design of genetic constructs, including biosynthetic pathways; development of expertise into the known biosynthetic paths to specific chemical families of interest; essential molecular biology (DNA assembly, cloning, transformation, sequencing, etc.); large-scale/parallel experimentation, sometimes with the assistance of laboratory automation; the development and application of fermentation, extraction, and analytical procedures; and collaboration with the Foundry team on refining design and testing methodologies.
Job Requirements REQUIRED : Ph.D. in biology, biological engineering, synthetic biology, or another relevant scientific field; at least three years' research experience following Ph.D.; deep knowledge of and experience in biological engineering, metabolic engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, and/or synthetic biology and an established publication record in these areas; excellent quantitative, presentation, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills; and demonstrated ability to understand and effectively communicate a broad picture of the research program and to work in a fast-paced, cutting-edge, and challenging environment. PREFERRED : ability to manage multiple projects and work under pressing deadlines and to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a larger team; and experience converting proof-of-principle techniques into robust production processes. Job #18438
Occasional night and weekend work and domestic and international travel required.
Internal Number: 18438
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