Job Board

  • Bioengineers and Scientists

    We are hiring bioengineers and scientists to help us accelerate the next-generation of medicines using cell-free!

    Who we are:
    SwiftScale Biologics uses our cell-free protein synthesis platform to enable (1) fast protein therapeutic development through to clinical batches and (2) synthesis of proteins that are very difficult to express in cells. Our mission is to enable our partners at top biotechs to advance dozens of novel therapeutics to the clinic. We have recently raised $20M from top investors, and are founded by field-leading professors in cell-free protein synthesis, Mike Jewett and Matt DeLisa.

    What we’re looking for:
    We are looking for someone who shares our goal of getting life-saving therapeutics to patients more quickly to join our tightly-knit team in South San Francisco, CA. You’ll expand the applications of cell-free technology by interfacing with key decision makers in major biotech companies and working with our team to deliver solutions using our growing cell-free platform.

    Key qualifications:
    •Experience with DNA design, molecular cloning, protein expression, purification, and characterization in high-throughput.

    •BS (+experience), MS, or PhD in Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, or related fields.

    •Experience with automation and in vitro transcription translation or cell-free protein synthesis methods.

    •A drive to creatively solve problems by improving experimental workflows and developing new techniques in a fast-paced small company environment.

    Contact: [email protected]

  • Summer Teaching Assistant for BioBuilder

    About BioBuilder
    BioBuilder converts biological engineering research into hands-on laboratory content and novel problem-based learning modules that can be implemented by high school students and their teachers. Established from MIT’s Dept of BE and with National Science Foundation support, BioBuilder’s accessible curriculum has made a substantial impact on secondary and post-secondary life-science education, impacting teachers and students in nearly every state and more than 30 countries.

    Program Description
    For two weeks this summer, a group of international high school students will receive instruction in synthetic biology and biodesign principles from BioBuilder faculty. They will explore computational and creative thinking to analyze and present data. Teams will incorporate engineering principles into biodesigns of their own creation. Student deliverables will include a video presentation of their final project as well as a white paper summary of their research plan.

    Responsibilities
    The TA will assist students with topics in synthetic biology, computational and visualization techniques for biodesign, and the project design process. Work will require the TA to:
    ●Review and provide feedback to participants on assignments through Canvas platform;
    ●Meet virtually with teams to guide and assist participants through project design framework;
    ●Provide feedback on presentation and white paper drafts;
    ●Collaborate with Instructors on planning and curriculum as needed

    Qualifications
    ●Graduate student or post-doc in biological engineering
    ●Background in basic stats and coding (preferably RStudio)
    ●A strong desire to teach
    ●The ideal candidate will have some familiarity with BioBuilder curriculum and labs, or iGEM

    To apply: send an email expressing your interest in this position to BioBuilder’s Director of Operations, Jessie Klapper Elliott. [email protected]. Hire must complete a W-9 to receive stipend payment

  • POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS ON SYNTHETIC TISSUE DEVELOPMENT

    The laboratory of Synthetic Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for two postdoc candidates to join our research program on programming multicellular systems and designer organoids. The projects will use synthetic and systems biology to program the development of human tissues. The developed tissues are regenerative, scalable, with a high degree of robustness and functionality. We will also identify novel design principles governing human tissue morphogenesis and cooperative cellular behavior and develop new technologies for high content differentiation control through these projects. The model systems span from in vitro human pluripotent stem cells to mouse models. For more information, please see Cell Syst. 2021 20;12(1):41-55.e11 and Trends Biotechnology. 2018 Apr;36(4):415-429.
    The lab is located within the world-class Pittsburgh Liver Research Center (PLRC), home to a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research program on Liver diseases. We are also part of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Department of Pathology, and Department of Bioengineering. The candidate will have the opportunity to lead cutting edge highly interdisciplinary projects with collaborators at Carnegie Melon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia, and Johns Hopkins University. You will have the opportunity to spend parts of your studies in the collaborators’ lab to enrich training experience and career development further. The candidate will engage with the stem cell and synthetic biology communities by presenting work at conferences and publishing high-impact papers and patents.
    Minimum/Basic Qualifications: MD and/or Ph.D. degree in a related field of study (bioengineering, molecular biology, and/or cell biology). Ability to perform standard molecular biology and mammalian cell culture techniques. Familiarity with synthetic and systems biology techniques, stem cell and organoids, in vivo mouse models, liver biology, and the hematopoietic system is a significant plus. A good track record of publication and ability to lead projects in fast pace environments is needed. Appointment: This position reports to Dr. Mo Ebrahimkhani and is situated at the PLRC and the university’s main campus. It is a full-time, benefits-eligible, fiscal appointment with a flexible start date. It comes with the possibility of annual renewal, dependent on available funding, performance, and the needs of the university. The salary follows the NIH Pay line scales for postdocs. Applications will be reviewed weekly until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. The University of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity.
    Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Mo Ebrahimkhani ([email protected]) with their CV, cover letter, and contact information of at least two referees included in the email.

  • POSTDOCTORAL POSITION ON GENE EDITING AND BIOREACTOR LIVER CHIP TECHNOLOGIES

    The laboratory of Dr. Samira Kiani at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pittsburgh Liver Research Center is looking for an outstanding, highly motivated, and self-driven postdoc candidate to join a collaborative research program on gene editing and bioreactor liver chip technologies.
    Kiani lab is interested in using the designer DNA binding proteins such as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat (CRISPR) and Zinc Finger proteins to develop novel gene and (epi)-gene-editing tools to address human diseases. Along with this notion, human microphysiological systems that can report on the immune response to and toxicity following the application of gene editors to human tissues are crucial in developing clinical gene editors. We work with the Liver on a Chip platform, a 3D perfusable system that allows us to develop and maintain human liver tissue over an extended period of time. We use patient-specific cells to assemble immune-competent liver tissues in this platform and analyze their response to gene editing events through high throughput assays such as transcriptomics, genomics, and Luminex assays. The goal is to develop biomarkers and predict response to gene editing in human tissues.
    We have contributed to the development of efficient CRISPR-based transcriptional repressors (Nat Methods. 2018 Aug;15(8):611-616), strategies to control gRNAs from RNA Pol II promoter (ACS Synth Biol. 2018 Aug 17;7(8):1929-1936) CRISPR layered control circuits and the immunogenicity of streptococcus Pyogenes CRISPR in human (https://doi.org/10.1101/360198).
    The lab is located within the world-class Pittsburgh Liver Research Center, home to a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research program on Liver diseases. The project is part of the Somatic Cell Genome Engineering Consortium, which provides a unique opportunity for interaction with the rest of the gene-editing and delivery community at MIT, U Berkley, University of Wisconsin, and elsewhere.
    In this position, you will have the opportunity to lead a cutting-edge project on the application and delivery of CRISPR in human liver Chip bioreactor platforms and participate in monthly meetings with the rest of the consortium members. You will be responsible for experimentally managing the project, contributing original ideas in carrying out the varied facets of the research endeavor, and expanding the lab operation, including writing grants.
    Minimum/Basic Qualifications: experience in any of the following: standard molecular biology techniques including PCR, gel electrophoresis, mammalian cell culture maintenance, viral vectors. Experience with qPCR, ELISAs, and confocal microscopy. MD or Ph.D. degree in a related field of study (genetics, microbiology, biology, bioengineering, molecular biology, and/or cell biology). A good track record of publications is required.
    Appointment: This position reports to Dr. Samira Kiani and is situated at the Pittsburgh Liver Research Center and the main campus of Pittsburgh University School of Medicine. It is a full-time, benefits-eligible, fiscal appointment with a flexible start date and the possibility of annual renewal, dependent on available funding, performance, and the needs of the University. The salary follows the NIH Pay line scales for postdocs. Applications will be reviewed weekly until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. The University of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
    Interested candidates should contact Dr. Samira Kiani ([email protected]) with their CV, cover letter, and contact information of at least two referees included in the email.

  • NIST Cellular Engineering Group Postdoctoral Positions

    The NIST Cellular Engineering Group is seeking applicants for National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateships Program (https://www.nist.gov/iaao/academic-affairs-office/nist-nrc-postdoctoral-research-associateships-program).

    New measurement methods and tools are required for biology to emerge fully as an enabling, practical platform for engineering. The Cellular Engineering Group works to provide a foundation of measurement assurance to support the control and rational design of biological function. Through state-of-the-art synthetic biology, automation, and machine learning, the Group creates living measurement systems, such as cells, engineered to sense and respond in programmed ways. Importantly, building these systems both requires and advances meaningful quantitation of the effects of environmental context and evolution. The Group aims to advance fundamental understanding, improve predictability for design, ensure reproducibility and comparability, and facilitate scalability for real-world applications of engineered biological systems.

    We are seeking applicants interested in the following and related technical areas:

    • Experimental and theoretical research to advance rational design for engineering biology. Of particular interest is the development of new approaches to measure, understand, predict, and control information, learning, function, and evolution across the spatial and temporal scales of biological organization, although related ideas in other topics are welcome.
    • Absolute quantitation for engineering biology, in which mechanistic studies of gene expression are applied towards enabling more predictive engineering of living organisms. We welcome applicants with previous experience applying single-molecule techniques to understand energetics, thermodynamics, kinetics of protein-DNA interactions, and related phenomena, and connecting these measurements to organism fitness.
    • Cell-free systems for engineering biology, in which cell-free systems, engineering subcellular confinement, minimal life, synthetic cells, and related topics are investigated towards control and rational design of biological function.
    • Automation for engineering biology, in which methods are developed to create a measurement infrastructure for engineering biology. Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, automation methods will be demonstrated to facilitate rapid and flexible adoption of automation systems for a variety of biological measurements.

    We are seeking independent, articulate, and motivated individuals with backgrounds across the physical, engineering, chemical, and biological disciplines to contribute to our collaborative, interdisciplinary Team. Facilities include state of the art systems for automated microbial engineering, culture, and measurement, single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, and cleanroom fabrication and characterization.

  • Principal Synthetic Biologist

    Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That’s because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation’s toughest challenges—and we’re committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We’re making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.

    MITRE’s Biotechnology & Life Sciences Department is seeking a Principal Scientist with a track record of research excellence to co-lead the establishment of a Synthetic Biology research group and contribute to ongoing synthetic biology related efforts across MITRE’s work program. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual who enjoys having broad responsibilities, can thrive in a collaborative work environment, and can contribute to multiple projects concurrently.

    The successful candidate will provide thought and project leadership and work with MITRE staff to formulate and execute a strategy for engagement in this rapidly evolving field. In this role, you will be responsible for developing a robust internally and extramurally funded research program that establishes new research areas, develops new technologies, and uses those technologies to produce revolutionary capabilities for MITRE’s government sponsors and the marketplace. You will lead efforts to generate new or expanded work in this area that directly contributes to MITRE’s public interest mission of Solving Problems for a Safer World. This position provides an opportunity for collaboration across multiple disciplines in the life and physical science and engineering disciplines, and access to undergraduate and graduate interns.

    While initial efforts will primarily focus on strategy development and establishing a research program, it is expected that you will contribute to ongoing projects. In this role, you will provide project leadership and contribute technical expertise to synthetic biology related programs sponsored by the DoD and other government agencies. This position will allow you to provide strategic guidance to MITRE’s government sponsors and assist them in the conception, planning, development, and execution of programs designed to develop solutions to problems of critical national security importance.

    Responsibilities
    •Developing and executing a strategic plan for how MITRE should engage in synthetic biology
    •Establishing and leading a synthetic biology group that works at the intersection of computational and experimental biology
    •Developing and executing a robust fundamental and applied research program in synthetic biology
    •Leading, managing, and executing complex R&D initiatives involving synthetic biology
    •Developing and coordinating external partnerships, collaborations, and strategic relationships across academia, industry, and government
    •Managing internal contacts and work across MITRE to develop initiatives, programs, and projects related to synthetic biology
    •Leading multidisciplinary teams and contributing technically to on-going projects and research in areas including: synthetic biology, bioinformatics/computational biology, biosecurity, and biodefense.
    •Providing technical analyses/assessments of emerging technologies
    •Preparing technical presentations, reports, whitepapers, tutorials, and other materials as necessary to communicate the progress and findings of projects to colleagues and government sponsors
    •Independently authoring detailed, accurate, and accessible documentation (including scientific papers) describing findings and results
    •Presenting scientific findings and project results to the internal team and external partners
    •Mentoring, training, and managing junior staff members
    •Staying current with scientific literature, developments, and efforts and present to the team on relevant topics

    Minimum qualifications
    •BS and 10 years of related experience, including 2 years of leadership experience
    •Applicants selected for this position will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or applicants who are eligible for security clearances.

    Required qualifications
    •Candidate must have a background in synthetic biology with a PhD in one of the following areas: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, or a related field.
    •5-8 years experience in academia, industry, or government
    •A track record of developing and executing biotechnology research programs
    •Demonstrated ability to lead complex scientific research programs
    •Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
    •Synthetic biology experience and strong molecular biology skills
    •Excellent leadership and mentoring skills with prior experience as the scientific lead or PI on complex research projects
    •Flexibility, adaptability and the ability to deal with ambiguous situations
    •Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with audiences of varying technical depth
    •Strong publication record in disciplines related to the position
    •Demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain a strong externally funded research program in synthetic biology
    •Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively, and productively with other scientists
    •Self-motivation, intellectual curiosity, and excitement to carry out interdisciplinary research involving complex experimental and bioinformatics pipelines
    •Strong organizational skills

    Preferred qualifications
    •Impressive technical track record at top-tier academic/research institutions or companies
    •Knowledge of biotechnology/biosecurity programs in DoD, Department of Justice (DoJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), •Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Health and Human Services (HHS), intelligence agencies, and other USG organizations.

    MITRE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. MITRE recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual identity, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status.

  • Postdoctoral Associate

    Position available for a postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Mimee.

    The Mimee lab primarily focuses on developing synthetic biology strategies to engineer the microbiome. By genetically manipulating commensal microbes, we seek to create living devices that can sense biochemical states in order to probe the structure and function of microbial communities. We are also programming novel functions in commensal microbes to remodel microbial communities and to act as therapeutics for inflammatory and infectious disease.

    For this position, the postdoctoral associate will devise and implement strategies that would allow a naïve bacterial population to probabilistically differentiate into distinct subpopulations in response to an environmental cue. The postdoctoral associate will interface with collaborators at Argonne National Laboratory to leverage an integrated cell-free expression system and artificial intelligence platform to inform the design and refinement of gene circuits.

    Successful candidates should hold a PhD degree in Microbiology, Synthetic Biology, Biological Engineering, or similar fields. Prior expertise in genetic circuit design or bacterial genetics is preferred. Strong organizational and time management skills are expected, including the ability to prioritize, organize, and handle multiple assignments simultaneously. Interpersonal and communication skills are required to interact effectively, tactfully, and discreetly with all internal/external contacts and to develop effective working relationships. With the supervision of Dr. Mimee, applicants will be expected to design and complete experiments, record results, draft manuscripts and engage with collaborators.

    Interested applicants should send a Cover Letter, CV, and phone numbers/emails of three references to Mark Mimee ([email protected]).

    Compensation in the Biological Sciences Division follows the NIH NRSA Stipend scale.

    Additional information on benefits and being a postdoc in the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division can be found at bsdpostdoc.uchicago.edu.

  • Strain Engineering Scientist

    Huue is a Melinda Gates-backed biotechnology company creating the next generation of sustainable dyes for the industries – food, cosmetics, textiles – that are integral to a sustainable future, starting with the indigo for denim. We’re looking for scientists excited about building something new and disrupting an industry. We are hiring a highly motivated Strain Engineering Scientist to improve our strain for high production of our small molecule product and research new strains for various product applications. You will be part of a core team of scientists working to engineer microbial strains and scale fermentation processes to develop more sustainable dyes.

    Responsibilities:
    • Design and build strains to optimize production of targeted molecules, based on knowledge of metabolic pathways and cellular physiology.
    • Design and execute library-based screening assays for protein engineering experiments.
    • Perform hypothesis-driven wet-lab experiments in microtiter plates and shake flasks to improve strain metrics.
    • Collaborate closely with fermentation team to develop a strain and fermentation process that can be executed at commercial scale.
    • Develop a strain engineering pipeline that supports future expansion.
    • Keep organized and detailed documentation. Develop SOPs for documentation and knowledge transfer.
    • Keep up to date with current literature in strain engineering and implement new technologies as relevant.
    • Present data internally as well as with outside stakeholders, including investors and partners.

    Qualifications:
    • PhD, or MS with over 4 years relevant industry experience. Degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, bioengineering, or other related field preferred.
    • Proficient in molecular biology/genetic engineering benchwork.
    • Experience in metabolic engineering; familiarity with bacterial physiology and manipulating metabolic pathways for small molecule production.
    • Experience in protein engineering and designing/screening libraries.
    • Familiarity with natural product biosynthesis.
    • Experience with analytical chemistry methods.
    • Creative problem solver.
    • Independent, detail-oriented worker with strong project management skills.
    • Clear and proactive communicator, written and verbal.
    • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary startup team environment.
    • Bonus points for interest in denim and/or sustainability.

    Please apply via our LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/huue/jobs/

  • Fermentation Scientist

    Huue is a Melinda Gates-backed biotechnology company creating the next generation of sustainable dyes for the industries – food, cosmetics, textiles – that are integral to a sustainable future, starting with the indigo for denim. We’re looking for scientists excited about building something new and disrupting an industry. We are hiring a highly motivated Fermentation Scientist to develop a robust, scalable fermentation process for small molecule products. You will be part of a core team of scientists working to engineer microbial strains and scale fermentation processes to develop more sustainable dyes.

    Responsibilities:
    • Plan, execute, and analyze bench-scale to pilot-scale experiments for the fermentation of small molecule products.
    • Test process improvements based on knowledge of microbial physiology and metabolism.
    • Collaborate with downstream processing engineers to develop a manufacturing process that can be executed at commercial scale.
    • Interface with contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) to scale the process to pilot scale reactors.
    • Maintain and fix fermentation equipment as needed. Provide input on new equipment purchases.
    • Keep organized and detailed documentation. Develop SOPs for documentation and knowledge transfer.
    • Identify contamination and design measures to avoid it.
    • Keep up to date with current literature.
    • Present data internally as well as with outside stakeholders, including CMOs or investors.

    Qualifications:
    • PhD with more than 2 years, or MS with over 6 years, or BS with over 8 years relevant industry experience. Degree in chemical engineering, bioengineering, molecular biology, microbiology, or other related field preferred.
    • Successful track record of developing fermentation process improvements.
    • Experience with operating bench scale and pilot scale bioreactors with sterile technique.
    • Strong knowledge of microbial physiology and cellular metabolism.
    • Experience with analytical chemistry.
    • Experience working with CMOs.
    • Able to occasionally work off hours or weekends.
    • Independent, detail-oriented worker with strong project management skills.
    • Clear and proactive communicator, written and verbal.
    • Creative problem solver.
    • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary startup team environment.
    • Bonus points for interest in denim, sustainability, and/or fashion.

    Please apply via our LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/huue/jobs/

  • Assistant Professor – Food, Pharmaceutical and Biomanufacturing Engineering

    Position:

    Tenure-track Assistant Professor (9-month) position at Purdue University with research and teaching responsibilities in an area related to biomanufacturing engineering of food, pharmaceutical and biological based products. The successful candidate will join the faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering on the main campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

     

    Qualifications:

    A Ph.D. in Engineering or other closely related field. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to lead a novel research program in biomanufacturing of food, pharmaceutical, and biological-based products. Skills related to effective teaching, communication, and problem solving as well as the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams are required. Highly-competitive applicants should have at least one year of research experience beyond the Ph.D. and have articulated how their developed research program will integrate with or facilitate collaborative interactions within and beyond the department.

     

    Responsibilities:

    The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in the design of both upstream and downstream processing systems for the production of food, pharmaceutical, and/or biological products. The research may address biological product and process design; modelling, optimization, control, or simulation of batch and continuous microbial processes; or plant, mammalian and/or cell-based/free process systems using laboratory and computer-based methodologies. The candidate will be expected to secure extramural research funding, to develop collaborative research projects, and to directly support the educational mission of the biological engineering program. The candidate will be expected to advise graduate and undergraduate students, to teach upper level undergraduate and graduate level engineering courses (e.g. chemical/biochemical reaction engineering, transport phenomena, or process design), to engage in departmental, college and university-level service activities, and to participate in national and international professional activities.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar in Gene Synthesis Technologies

    The Plesa lab (http://plesalab.org) has a funded position for a postdoctoral scholar to work on gene synthesis technologies. Our lab aims to accelerate the pace at which we understand and engineer biological systems, particularly proteins. We are interested in uncovering the rules for the engineering of novel protein function, particularly in the areas of sensing and interfacing with engineering. Towards this end, we develop new technologies for gene synthesis, multiplex functional assays, in-vivo mutagenesis, and genotype-phenotype linkages. These allow us to both access the huge sequence diversity present in natural systems as well as carry out testing of rationally designed hypotheses encoded onto DNA at much larger scales than previously possible. Using these approaches, we aim to quickly characterize and engineer entire protein families, rather than focusing on individual proteins. Our work is highly-interdisciplinary and touches on aspects from many fields including bioengineering, protein engineering, biochemistry, synthetic biology, molecular biology, microbiology, structural biology, genetics, bioinformatics, and quantitative biology.

    The postdoc will be responsible for conducting research and technical activities related to sponsored projects in the lab. Research work will include designing and optimizing new scalable gene synthesis methods to enable longer genes, higher yields, and lower cost. Essential responsibilities will include designing and conducting experiments, interpreting data, writing manuscripts, writing research proposals, assembling and delivering research presentations locally and nationally, assisting and training other researchers in the laboratory, and maintaining laboratory equipment.

    This position will work closely with other lab researchers (students, postdocs, and technicians) and with Dr. Plesa. The position will be given a level of independence depending on the level of experience, with the goal of becoming a fully independent researcher by the end of their term as guided by a formal mentoring plan.

    Further position details available in the job posting link above. Those interested are encouraged to contact Calin Plesa ([email protected]) by email with a PDF copy of their CV and a cover letter outlining their research interests.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

    The Kacar Astrobiology Group (ancientbiology.org) at the University of Arizona in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher to explore the origins of early life, with an emphasis on the early evolution, reconstruction of molecular evolutionary landscapes, and topological features of biosynthetic networks. Our lab works at the interface of molecular evolution, synthetic biology, genome engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology and astrobiology and is host to one of the NASA Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research centers dedicated to understanding early Earth biology and evolution. This position is fully funded.

    Primary responsibilities of the candidate:
    • Use machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to compare biotic to abiotic chemical networks and assess whether the behavior of these chemical systems are comparable in informatic and semantic terms
    • Coding proficiency to develop new analytical tools and techniques in service to above goals; primarily using Python.
    • Work collaboratively with IBM Research – Almaden (remotely, if required by pandemic restrictions)
    • Mentor and train graduate students, undergraduates and other laboratory fellows as needed.
    • Attend and present during weekly laboratory and astrobiology group meetings, maintain detailed annotated code/data on GitHub and internal databases, follow all the safety and laboratory regulations
    • Assist with grant writing/formatting, manuscript preparation/submission/proof reading
    • Provide targeted research and background reading, as well as assistance with presentation preparation as needed.
    • Data analysis and figure generation
    • Additional duties may be assigned.

    Required qualifications:
    PhD. in Chemistry, Theoretical/Computational Chemistry, Machine/Deep Learning, Physics, Mathematics or Software Engineering or related disciplines.
    Demonstrated work experience in network simulation or similar fields with an emphasis on theoretical or applied network analysis techniques.
    Good organizational skills and detailed software annotation training are required.

    Preferred qualifications/experience:
    Experience in computational biology and/or molecular evolution is a plus.
    Work history that demonstrates experience in establishing relations between the structure/dynamics of abiotic chemical reaction networks and observable biosynthetic, information processing and semantic relationships.
    Familiarity and practical experience with modern statistical learning approaches, including generative modeling and/or reinforcement learning
    Proactive approach to research responsibilities
    Strong leadership and writing skills, and demonstrated mentorship

    Additional information: Competitive salary with benefits, Highly encourage Under-represented Groups to apply

    Apply direct: https://arizona.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/4523?c=arizona

  • Research Scientist

    The Kacar Astrobiology Group (ancientbiology.org) at the University of Arizona in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology is looking to hire a Research Scientist to explore the origins and evolution of essential microbial metabolisms in vivo and in vitro. Our lab works at the interface of molecular evolution, synthetic biology, genome engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology and astrobiology and is host to one of the NASA Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research centers dedicated to understanding early Earth biology and evolution.

    Primary responsibility of the candidate:
    Will be to explore the origins and evolution of essential microbial metabolisms, with emphasis on Nitrogen and Carbon fixation. The candidate will have several duties:

    • Engineer, culture and grow microbial strains
    • Assess bacterial growth and behavior under different conditions, systems include but not limited to E. coli, Azotobacteria and cyanobacteria
    • Assist laboratory members with on-going laboratory experiments as needed, mentor and train graduate students, undergraduates and other laboratory fellows as needed.
    • Attend and present during the weekly-laboratory and astrobiology group meetings, keep an up-to-date laboratory notebook, follow all the safety and laboratory regulations
    • Assist PI and laboratory members with grant formatting, manuscript submission and proof reading
    • Provide targeted research and background reading, as well as assistance with presentation preparation as needed.
    • Data analysis and figure generation
    • Additional duties may be assigned.

    Required qualifications:
    B.S. in Biology, Genetics, Microbiology or related discipline. 5 years of demonstrable experience with microbiology or related fields, molecular cloning, gene mutagenesis, bacterial genome editing, gene/protein expression, protein purification (western and northern blot). Familiarity with protein biochemistry. Good organizational skills are a must. Familiarity with computational tools is a plus.

    Preferred qualifications/experience:
    Masters or Ph.D. in related field, demonstrated strong leadership, writing skills, and mentorship experience

    Additional information:
    – Competitive salary with benefits
    – Under-Represented Groups are highly encouraged to apply

    Please apply directly to: https://arizona.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/4419?c=arizona

  • Postdoctoral Researcher

    Essential Functions
    We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher to start Synthetic Biology projects in the Moon lab. For more information, please visit our website: https://sites.wustl.edu/moonlab/

    Project Summary
    1. Valorizing lignocelluose and plastic waste
    2. Modulation of the gut microbiome by engineered probiotics
    3. Unifying synthetic small regulatory RNAs
    4. Development of kill-switches for biocontainment of genetically engineered microbes
    5. Engineering smart probiotics for sensing and treatment

    Required Qualifications
    1. A recent Ph.D. degree (preferably within the past 3 years) in chemical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, physics, microbiology, molecular biology, or related areas
    2. Experience in molecular biology techniques is essential.
    3. The Postdoctoral Researcher is required to work independently, supervise Ph.D. students, assists with grant preparation and reporting, and collaborates with other labs.
    4. Strong oral and written communication skills are required.
    5. The Postdoctoral Researcher should be highly motivated with the commitment to excel in the competitive research field of synthetic biology.

    Preferred Qualifications
    Applicants with prior experience in bacterial synthetic biology are desired.

    Salary Range
    The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

    Benefits
    This position is eligible for full-time benefits.

    EOE Statement
    Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

    Instructions for candidates
    1. Please include the following in the application email: Cover letter, including research and career interests, and CV
    2. Please send the application to: Tae Seok Moon, [email protected]

  • Provost’s Early Career Fellowship in Healthcare Disparities

    Provost’s Early Career Fellowship in Healthcare Disparities, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

    If you are an early career researcher, postdoctoral fellow, or graduating PhD student interested in pursuing an independent academic career, the UT Austin Provost’s Early Career program could be ideal for you. This training program is designed to allow you to develop and pursue research and teaching topics upon which you can build a future academic career. Join a broad community committed to fostering your independent career growth in research, teaching, and scholarship. The program will enable you to build a network of emerging scholars like yourself and benefit from the mentorship of top faculty in your field. As a Provost’s Early Career Fellow, you will join an energetic community of other incoming fellows training in different departments across the university. In Biomedical Engineering, we have designed a 3-year program where you will be mentored in all the different dimensions that make a tenure-track, assistant professor successful. A major research focus for our program this year is health and healthcare disparities, particularly in the core strengths of our program in cardiovascular systems, cancer, and regenerative medicine. Fellows selected for this 3-year program will receive a competitive stipend, fringe benefits, relocation funds, travel funds, and discretionary research funds.

    Required qualifications include a doctorate in engineering or a related field by June 1, 2021, demonstrated research excellence in biomedical research, and commitment to a career in teaching and research  at the college or university level. Interested persons should include a cover letter expressing interest and stating the position for which applying; 1) a statement summarizing past contributions to and future plans for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (1 page); 2) a research proposal for the postdoctoral training program (2 pages); 3) a statement of professional and teaching goals (1 page); 4) a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) including academic and professional experience; and 5) at least three confidentially submitted references via the Interfolio portal. A full description of the application instructions and  and guidelines for application statements is provided here: https://bit.ly/361ivOa. Applications received before January 31, 2021 will be given priority review.  http://apply.interfolio.com/79321

  • Graduate Training Program in AgBioFEWS

    The Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center at NC State is now recruiting PhD students for our third and final cohort of students for the graduate training program in Agricultural Biotechnology in our evolving Food, Energy, and Water Systems (AgBioFEWS). This interdisciplinary, NSF-funded program is focused on biological and societal aspects of biotech/synbio in agriculture. Applicants from a wide range of disciplines—including the humanities, natural, and social sciences—as well as national and international students, are strongly encouraged to apply.

    You can get a feel for the program by going to our website, where you can also check out the profiles of our first and second cohorts. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are recruiting AgBioFEWS Fellows this fall/winter for two years of AgBioFEWS classroom courses and field activities scheduled to begin August 2022. The application deadline is 2/1/21. (Note: Admitted students can begin their PhD work at NC State in August 2021 while engaging in our weekly seminar series).

    If you have any questions, please contact Program Coordinator, Dawn Rodriguez-Ward ([email protected]).

  • Biomolecular Nanomaterials Scientist

    This is a fully funded principal investigator position, with the expectation to spend equal time developing an original research program and supporting user research at two DOE user facilities at Berkeley Lab: the Joint Genome Institute and the Molecular Foundry. Both are knowledge-based user facilities that provide state-of-the-art expertise and instrumentation to an international community of scientists and engineers.

    We are looking for candidates who have an interest in synthetic or structural biology, protein engineering, DNA synthesis-enabled bioengineering, or in other areas of designing, synthesizing, or characterizing bio-nanomaterials.

    Berkeley Lab is an outstanding place to work, with a diverse, team-oriented and vibrant research community.

    The full position description is at: https://lbl.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/biomolecular-nanomaterials-scientist-3122

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

    The Lab for Synthetic Macromolecular Assemblies (PI: George Lu) at the Rice Bioengineering Department has multiple openings for postdoctoral fellows. The lab employs protein engineering, structural biology, biochemistry, and chemical biology methods to develop technologies for ultrasound-based imaging and remote control of cells. Rice Bioengineering is one of the top biomedical engineering departments with its graduate program consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country. The research also takes advantage of our proximity to the country’s biggest medical center and opportunities to collaborate with leading scientists in areas such as cancer immunotherapy. Please refer to the lab website for more information: http://lulab.rice.edu.

    The ideal candidate will have one or several of the following expertise: computational protein design, protein biochemistry, structural biology, ultrasound imaging. The candidate should have strong written and oral communication skills, and will also be expected to aid in the supervision of junior lab members and in the preparation of research proposals. The application for postdoctoral fellowships will be encouraged, including both external and internal ones such as Rice University Academy of Fellows.

    Consistent with the National Research Council’s report, Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond, we are seeking candidates who have demonstrated the ability to lead and work in research groups that “… [integrate] the knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking…” from engineering, mathematics, and computational, natural, social and behavioral sciences to solve societal problems using a convergent approach.

    We seek greater representation of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines in which they have historically been underrepresented; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought; and we support an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.

    The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs (US News & World Report) and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment.

    Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status

  • Peer Reviewers with expertise in biological, chemical, physical sciences, and engineering for Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 (RR:C19)

    Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 (RR:C19) is a newly funded initiative of the MIT Press and University of California, Berkeley that has launched an open access, rapid-review overlay journal for the accelerated curation and peer review of COVID19-related research.

    RR:C19 is overseen by an Editorial Board representing experts from every corner of the globe, but the effort also relies on a ground-up effort where students and early-career researchers lead a critical “pre” peer review process that allow us to scrape preprint servers (e.g. BioRxiv, MedRxiv, SSRN) weekly, and advance important or controversial papers for urgent peer review. These peer reviews and articles are published on an open, public platform.

    We are currently looking to identify peer reviewers with expertise in biological, chemical, physical sciences, and engineering. These pre-prints focus on a wide breadth of topics, including:

    • AI-, machine learning-, and big data-based technologies
    • Biochemistry
    • Computational modeling
    • Diagnostics and medical devices
    • Mechanisms of disease and disease pathogenesis
    • Small molecule therapeutics
    • Synthetic biology
    • Vaccinology

    If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, please take a moment to fill out this Google Form. Additionally, please feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns ([email protected][email protected]). We hope to hear from you soon!

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