Research Scientist/Project Manager

Massachusetts, United States
29 Jan 2020
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29 Mar 2020
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/PROJECT MANAGER, Biological Engineering-MIT-Broad Foundry, to develop models and algorithms for biological engineering and coordinate efforts of a team as part of an exciting project sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Will join an interdisciplinary team of synthetic biologists, chemical engineers, and electrical engineers spanning several institutions, including MIT, the Broad Institute, Boston University, and others. Will perform machine learning, bioinformatics, and biological engineering research and overall project coordination. This includes project and financial management and managing interactions with collaborators and funding agencies (i.e., reporting; developing and implementing project plans; monitoring and evaluating processes, tools, and team performance; and ensuring accurate data reporting and timely deliverables). Responsibilities include the day-to-day coordination of eight postdoctoral associates, hands-on implementation and troubleshooting of processes, reporting to the sponsor, communicating with partners, and intellectual property management.

The MIT-Broad Foundry, a facility dedicated to streamlining genetic design, develops sophisticated tools to design complex biological systems for therapeutics, chemicals, materials, and nanotechnologies.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in biotechnology, engineering, or related field; minimum of five years’ experience in a research environment; significant experience managing complex research projects and developing, organizing, and leading project teams; experience with signal processing and machine learning techniques; strong project management skills; demonstrated ability to keep teams, projects, and deliverables on track and to evaluate and revise plans and methods; superb quantitative, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently and promote collaboration/cooperation among teams; and experience managing multidisciplinary projects. Must enjoy working in a fast-paced, cutting-edge, and challenging environment. MBA and experience with computational biology, synthetic biology, and genomics a plus. 

There will be occasional domestic and international travel and night and weekend work required.