Lead Technical Instructor, Living Machines Thread, NEET

Massachusetts, United States
08 May 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: School of Engineering
School Area: Engineering
Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No

Working 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.

LEAD TECHNICAL INSTRUCTOR, LIVING MACHINES, School of Engineering-New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) , to teach, train, and mentor an interdepartmental group of undergraduate students. A major focus will be to engage deeply and continually with sophomores, juniors, and seniors to help build the Living Machines community. Will have primary responsibility for a sophomore-year, project-based class that leverages biological, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering concepts to build devices that culture, monitor, and/or modulate complex human tissue functions such as the gut mucosal-microbiome interface. Will also mentor juniors and seniors in multidisciplinary, faculty-supervised projects. Strong emphasis will be placed on technical instruction of specialized methods outside the scope of available curricular lab subjects (e.g., microfluidics, biomaterials, etc.). Will support faculty lectures by creating and delivering demonstrations and writing lab assignments; hold classroom-based tutorial sessions and interactive design reviews, guiding students in process planning and experimental model generation; grade assignments including device prototypes, written responses, and process data; collaborate on maintaining lab operations, including safety; deliver training on specialized equipment; and assist students performing research-oriented work in the lab.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: at least two years’ relevant experience and developed expertise in at least three areas related to the Living Machines thread, including microfabrication/biomaterials, microfluidics, modeling biological transport phenomena and reaction kinetics, microscopy and optics, in vitro organogenesis/tissue engineering (with primary human cells and from a quantitative rather than phenomenological perspective), and microbial engineering/synthetic biology; Ph.D. in bioengineering or related field (i.e., mechanical, chemical, or electrical engineering with significant molecular life science emphasis in thesis/postdoctoral work); demonstrated expertise in engineering analysis on interdisciplinary projects and in teaching and managing undergraduate student projects; and strong organizational and communication skills. Job #17433

This is a one year (or until July 31, 2020, if the hire date is on or after August 1, 2019) appointment which may be eligible for renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding.