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Biological Research Scientist, Sculpting Evolution Group
Job Number: 14577
Functional Area: Research - Scientific
Department: Media Laboratory
School Area: Architecture & Planning
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes
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BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Media Laboratory-Sculpting Evolution Group, to work with the group on a highly diverse group of projects. The group’s goals are to understand and control molecular evolution to create powerful new tools; reduce suffering in laboratory animals; enhance the well-being of domesticated animals; lastingly prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases; precisely and reversibly alter the genomes of local wild populations; enable eco-friendly agriculture that minimizes chemical pesticides; save endangered species by controlling or removing local populations of invasive rodents; precisely edit particular strains within microbial ecosystems; and reform the research enterprise in favor of open and responsive science.  Responsibilities will include conducting laboratory experiments, training other researchers in laboratory techniques, managing collaborations with other research groups, and helping to edit grant proposals.  May also spend 20% of the time working on projects of your choice.  The position is ideal for someone who is passionate about academic laboratory research, interested in a working with a wide variety of experimental systems, primarily interested in a long-term position, and enthused about helping the group achieve its goals.

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in a relevant field, mastery of standard molecular cloning (preferably USER, Gibson, and Cre-based), willingness to learn a broad spectrum of skills/techniques, and the ability to manage and monitor projects and suggest improvements.  Must have work experience in at least some of the following areas: nematode biology; rodent handling and/or genetics; bacteriophages; recombineering; CRISPR-based genome editing; liquid-handling robotics; neuron biology, genetics, and cell culture; and science communication, especially web- or video-based.  One year of postdoctoral experience is preferred.  Job #14577


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.

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