Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Job Number: 19676
Functional Area: Research - Engineering
Department: Institute for Medical Eng. and Science
School Area: Engineering
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes
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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 ASSOCIATE, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) (https://imes.mit.edu/) , to join a collaborative project at the interface of fluids and health driven by MIT’s Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory (http://lbourouiba.mit.edu/home) and Boston University’s Mühlberger Laboratory at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) (https://www.bu.edu/muhlbergerlab/new-front-page/) . Will be co-mentored by professors Bourouiba and Mühlberger as part of an integrated, collaborative, interdisciplinary team of virologists, biologists, and physical and engineering scientists in their two labs and the collaborating labs of professors Heldt (https://imes.mit.edu/people/faculty/heldt-thomas/) and Gray (https://imes.mit.edu/people/faculty/gray-martha/) in IMES. Will focus on the study of poorly understood mechanisms of respiratory virus transmission through the lens of fluid- and bio-physics as part of an interdisciplinary effort to tackle important knowledge gaps in our understanding of the various phases of host-to-host transmission that are the root of pandemics for a range of viral diseases. Viruses of interest include SARS-CoV-2 and Nipah. The work will include SARS-CoV-2 and Nipah virus cell culture infection studies, microscopy and spectroscopy analyses, designing and prototyping devices at various scales using additive/subtractive/molding techniques, functionally testing devices for use in the virological studies, and quantitative analyses of the results; maintaining a safe work environment; preparing regular written reports and presentations; engaging in team and sponsor meetings; and peforming other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED: Ph.D. in virology, microbiology, biomedical engineering, or other engineering/physical science; molecular biology and BSL-2 virology experience with a focus on RNA viruses; ability to work independently and as part of a team in a multidisciplinary setting, manage time, write, and prioritize deadlines; and proven commitment to producing accurate, high-quality work. PREFERRED: experience in biophysics and modeling, microfabrication, and microfluidics. Job #19676Following applicable background checks and training, this position will require work in the biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) facility at the NEIDL.5/28/21