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RESEARCH LEAD , Media Laboratory-Open Agriculture (OpenAg) Initiative , to help coordinate and maintain OpenAg's overall research design, execution, and publishing strategy; establish and manage its first wet lab; and expand its experimentation and research into microscopy, genomics, and molecular biology. Responsibilities include assisting with developing next-generation research processes and applications; leading at least two research projects a year and publishing findings; preparing proposals/abstracts/grant applications; attending conferences; managing wet lab; supervising undergraduate/graduate students; liaising with visiting students/postdocs/faculty to maximize available resources across MIT; fostering research collaborations within MIT and at other academic institutions; liaising with industry leaders and Media Lab research sponsors; coordinating molecular biology, epigenetics, and/or expansion microscopy experimentation; contributing to hardware, software, and data development and testing and analyzing and integrating biological data into environmental sensing and control systems; participating in teaching, media outreach, knowledge transfer, and educational activities; and other duties as assigned.
OpenAg is on a mission to create healthier, more engaging, and more inventive future food systems. The initiative brings together partners from industry, government, and academia to develop an open source "food tech" research collective for the creation of the global agricultural hardware, software, and data commons.
REQUIRED : Ph.D. in biological sciences or related field; at least two years' experience leading teams conducting primary research in biological sciences; experience in technology development; postdoctoral experience leading experiments in molecular biology, epigenetics, and/or plant biology; effective communication and strategic thinking skills; and ability to work both independently with minimal oversight and alongside a diverse group of colleagues in a fast-paced, team-oriented, and often challenging environment. Five years' postdoctoral experience conducting theoretical and applied research preferred. Job #17086
Some evening and weekend hours will be required during deployment of pilot programs.
This is a one year appointment with possibility of extension based upon funding availability and project needs.
Internal Number: 17086
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