Research Scientist, Lieberman Lab

Massachusetts, United States
06 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
06 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
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, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES)-Lieberman Lab, to join the Lieberman Lab and develop in-house genomic pipelines into widely-used community resources, conduct original research, and build systems for data tracking of high-throughput experiments. Will develop new computational tools for microbial genomes and metagenomes; and develop in-house computational pipeline (currently a mix of Snakemake, Python, and MATLAB) for mutation calling into a publishable and well-commented Python-based toolbox, use it to make new biological insights, and write an accompanying manuscript. Subsequent research projects will center on new analyses of metagenomic data. Will also work with principle investigator (PI) to outline important analyses, determine next directions, and document results for publication; work with the PI to develop databases for tracking high-throughput experiments and programming robotic instruments; maintain shared directories, data backup infrastructure, and public code repositories; train new personnel on computing cluster use and computing best practices, including version control and file compression; assist lab members in making their code faster and more readable and addressing queries via Slack; lead local workshops training members of other groups on computational tools; present work at local and non-local conferences; attend and participate in lab meetings; and perform other duties as requested. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in computer science, biology or related field; thorough understanding of computational biology or data science experience and two years’ experience with genomic data; experience with Python, computing clusters, and GitHub; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; detail-orientation; self-direction; and ability to work independently and in a team and to respond to the dynamic needs of the research group; and discretion with confidential information.  

PREFERRED:  experience programming laboratory robots.  Job #18907

This position will initially be for two years with the possibility to extend based upon funding.

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. 

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply. 

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