The Sculpting Evolution Group seeks a research scientist to supervise and assist research projects focusing on advancing biotechnology safely. Ideal candidates will be committed to glimpsing the best possibilities of the future and making them real.
On a practical level, we’re looking for people who:
Broader views are also important. Particularly strong candidates might be those who:
Our most immediate need is for individuals with extensive experience in working with mammalian bioengineering. While our group retains a focus on understanding and controlling evolution, including but not limited to our PRANCE system for high-throughput robot-directed evolution, we now have a more explicit focus on mammals. This includes directed evolution in mammalian cells, but also the application of our newly developed ability to massively multiplex CRISPR, which we’re not only using for new approaches to ecological engineering, but should also enable us to programmably engineer cells to resist viruses and other emergent pathogens. In addition, we’ve uncovered a promising new approach to developing non-immunogenic receptor decoys against diverse classes of viruses, which could help broadly mitigate catastrophic risks. Other example ongoing projects in this last area that touch on mammalian cells include SecureDNA and the Nucleic Acid Observatory.
On a day-to-day level, the research scientist position will involve designing and performing experiments involving mammalian cells and animals, supervising diverse research projects in the group, training and mentoring new arrivals, helping manage key collaborations, writing publications and grant proposals, and optionally engaging in science communication to general audiences or to policymakers. Given the breadth of research methods that we employ, willingness to learn new skills and techniques is a must.
Reports to Prof. Kevin Esvelt
Qualifications & Skills:
One year of postdoctoral experience.
To apply, go to https://hr.mit.edu/careers and search for job ID#19841.
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