Postdoctoral Associate, Synthetic Biology Center

Massachusetts, United States
12 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
12 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATEBiological Engineering (BE)-Synthetic Biology Center, to work on a research project at the intersection of cell fate reprograming, mammalian synthetic biology, and feedback control. Will join the labs of Jim Collins ( and Ron Weiss ( and a team including Domitilla Del Vecchio ( and Thorsten Schlaeger ( The project seeks to develop a new and general approach to cell fate reprogramming based on the design of synthetic genetic feedback control circuits in mammalian cells. These circuits will have unprecedented ability to accurately control endogenous transcription factors’ concentration in the face of noise and endogenous gene regulatory network dynamics. As a first application, induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) reprogramming will be considered with an aim of improving currently low efficiency, kinetics of reprogramming, and quality of produced cells.  It will then consider other cell fate conversion and directed differentiation tasks. The research will focus on the design, fabrication, and functional testing of genetic feedback controller circuits. Responsibilities include molecular cloning, DNA- and RNA-based genetic circuit design, characterization and testing, mammalian and stem cell culture, transfection, flow cytometry, closely cooperating with a student with a modeling/ quantitative background and a postdoctoral with a stem cell background; and presenting to the scientific community through talks and publications.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in biological sciences, engineering, or related field; experience with mammalian cell culture, DNA assembly and characterization, genetic recombination technology, and molecular biology; self-motivation; ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks in a dynamic, multidisciplinary, team-oriented setting; strong analytical, problem-solving, documentation, organizational, and interpersonal skills; and ability to execute detailed technical protocols meticulously. Flow cytometry and programming skills would be ideal. Job #16935

In addition to applying online with a cover letter and CV via the MIT website, please submit the following to as a single pdf document: 1) a cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of current research interests and expertise (two page maximum), 4) two letters of reference, and 5) one peer-reviewed publication. Please include “Application for Postdoc-mammalian genetic engineering” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

A minimum one year commitment is required.  

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

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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