The Sculpting Evolution Group seeks a Research Scientist to co-lead research and development of wastewater monitoring laboratory methods related to the Nucleic Acid Observatory (NAO) project for early detection of future pandemics. Ideal candidates will have extensive wet-lab expertise and the ambition to significantly reduce global catastrophic biological risks.
The NAO aims to build metagenomic monitoring systems to reliably detect novel disease agents spreading in the human population and environment, with a goal of achieving meaningful reduction in global catastrophic biological risks within two years. We anticipate close collaboration between computational, experimental, and operations staff to generate the data, tools, and practical experience needed to make metagenomic early detection as effective as possible, as quickly as possible.
On a practical level, we’re looking for people who:
Broader views are also important. Particularly strong candidates might be those who:
Longer-term, high-performing hires will have the opportunity to grow into a leadership role within the NAO, helping to build a healthy and productive team and determine the long-term direction of the NAO project.
Starting salary: $95,000/yr minimum, more with experience
To apply, please visit MIT's careers at https://hr.mit.edu/careers and search for job ID number 21692
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