Research Scientist, Molecular Nanomachines Lab

Massachusetts, United States
16 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
16 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Mechanical Engineering-Molecular Nanomachines Lab, to support a research project in related to DNA nanotechnology and the development of an electronic, single-molecule sensing device.  Will join the lab’s projects developing molecularly precise abiotic-biotic interfaces. Responsibilities include working both independently and in a small team as a skilled research scientist assisting in biophysics research, focused on the design and synthesis of self-assembled molecular machines using nucleic acids and integrating the same with semiconductor components. Laboratory work will include electrophysiology experiments, ultramicroscopy (AFM, TEM, SEM) characterization, and developing high-throughput assays to omically characterizing molecular machines.  Further responsibilities include coordination with other postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, hands-on implementation and troubleshooting of processes, communicating research in peer-reviewed publications and at conferences, and intellectual property management.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a Ph.D. in chemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, or related field; ability to perform independent research at the interface of experimental and computational biology; excellent communication, presentation, organizational, and planning skills; and ability to collaborate with multiple research groups.  Must have at least two years’ experience in two of the following--design and preparation of structural and functional nucleic acid nanostructures; controlled placement of nucleic acid nanostructures on and within microelectrode arrays; functionalization of nucleic acid nanostructures with, for example, proteins, peptides or nanoparticles, handling of proteins (expression, purification and modification), artificial peptides (design, purification) and lipids (e.g., preparation of planar lipid bilayers or liposomes); characterization of biological material using electron, atomic force, and optical microscopy; and/or electrical characterization of protein assembly and functionality (e.g., electrophysiology, modelling, and MD simulation of protein and/or nucleic acid assemblies.  Experience collaborating data scientists and systems biologists preferred.  Job #17589

May work nights and weekends. Some domestic travel will be required.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.