Career Opportunities

CURRENT OPENINGS

1. Technical Associate I – IMES/Bhatia Lab
2. Senior Financial Officer – IMES
3. Assistant Professor of Immunology – MIT-Ragon Institute
4. Postdoctoral Associate – IMES
5. Technical Associate I – IMES/Shalek Lab
6. Senior Faculty – IMES

Technical Associate I – IMES/Bhatia Lab

JOB DESCRIPTION & QUALIFICATIONS

Technical Associate to join Professor Bhatia’s lab at the cutting edge of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering for the development of model systems for developing novel disease treatments as well as therapeutic strategies for organ repair and replacement.  Will contribute to multiple aspects of a research project utilizing engineering approaches, particularly tissue engineering strategies and high-throughput systems, to establish and apply an in vitro human liver platform for studying the liver stage of malaria. Bench work will include cell culture, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, biochemical techniques, and mosquito salivary gland dissection.  Will also be encouraged to establish and operate automated imaging assays. Responsibilities include implementing and conducting experiments–in consultation with a supervisor–designed to address a larger, defined set of group aims; making observations, analyzing data, and interpreting results; generating oral and written reports on performed experiments and attending team meetings and presenting the results; consulting with literature and scientific staff to maintain professional expertise; working independently on routine work and receiving instruction on new assignments; preparing orders and shipments and maintaining stocks of necessary reagents, solutions, and supplies; and performing other tasks as requested.

REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree in life sciences or related field; at least two years—which may include undergraduate work—of relevant research experience in lab techniques noted above; ability to solve complex problems and exercise judgment within defined practices and techniques; excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with all levels of staff and with external contacts; and exceptional organizational and critical thinking skills, lab notebook practices, and attention to detail.

Please apply to position 15444 through the MIT jobs portal at http://jobs.mit.edu. Posted November 22, 2017.

Travel to international locations to work with distant collaborators—as a member of a team and eventually in an independent capacity—will be required.

Senior Financial Officer – IMES

JOB DESCRIPTION & QUALIFICATIONS

To provide effective management of all IMES and Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program related financial activity, including all sponsored, non-sponsored, and general accounts administered through IMES and the HST Program at both MIT and Harvard Medical School. This position reports to the IMES Assistant Director for Administration (AD) in the area of finance and is responsible for the supervision of Finance Office staff.

This individual will work with the AD on the development, consistency, and implementation of the overall IMES accounting and financial management methodology and infrastructure, including transactions and reconciliations between MIT and HMS. Will also be responsible for the effective administration of sponsored research activity, preparation of annual institution budgets, day-to-day transactions, and closing activities. The Senior Fiscal Officer will provide financial reports, summaries, analysis, forecasts and resource needs assessments, utilizing current and historical data. Will coordinate with HST Program staff at MIT and HMS to ensure proactive and effective financial planning and monitoring in the areas of program administration, student support funding, course budgeting and training grants.

Position requires developing and maintaining relationships, and continuously interfacing, with a variety of departments and centralized offices at multiple institutions (MIT, HMS, area hospitals, and other affiliated research institutions) to facilitate financial activities for current and new initiatives. Will create, enhance and employ infrastructure and controls as needed to ensure compliance with policies and procedures, and make recommendations regarding fiscal policies, plans, and strategies.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

  • Responsible for the development of financial goals and strategies for IMES.
  • Responsible for the implementation and reconciliation of MIT and HMS accounting and financial management practices, with respect to the HST Program.
  • Responsible for forecasting and reviewing monthly general and fund statement activity and budgets.
  • Responsible for managing the full sponsored research financial management from proposal to close-out, with support from the financial staff.
  • Oversee the processing of financial transactions posted to IMES accounts, including invoices, purchase orders, subcontracts, deposits, MIT VIP Card transactions and reimbursements.
  • Maintain relationship with MIT and HMS budget, accounting and procurement offices, to ensure that IMES and HST business is conducted in compliance with institutional and local policies and procedures in an efficient and effective manner. Advise IMES and HST staff as to proper protocols for financial activity.
  • In conjunction with the Director and Assistant Director, develop, maintain, and compile the annual general and non-research account budgets at both MIT and Harvard.
  • Oversee the maintenance of information in financial systems of record, including the updating and correction of financial authorizations, addressees and SAP fund center hierarchy classifications.
  • Prepare, and process annual closing entries, including the drafting of pooled endowment and gift account funds (as determined in conjunction with the Director and the Assistant Director).
  • Provide the Director and Assistant Director with information and recommendations regarding budget forecasts and planning.
  • Set goals and quality standards for IMES financial policies and procedures.
  • Supervise and mentor financial staff who are responsible for daily general, fund and research expense transactions. Recruit and train staff as needed; conduct performance evaluations and promote development for financial staff.
  • Oversee the monthly reconciliation process for all general operating accounts.
  • Manage quarterly operational expense reconciliation process between MIT and HMS.
  • Prepare quarterly financial reports and summaries, and examine current and historical costs for trend analysis and forecasting, including financial analysis of monthly and quarterly spending.
  • Work with the Director and the Assistant Director to assess overall financial policies and processes, including decisions on strategy and direction for effective management.
  • Develop and maintain proficiency in MIT and HMS financial systems and applications for relevant staff, including attending necessary training for SAP, Data Warehouse, Harvard System OBI, etc.
  • Utilize the financial systems at MIT and HMS to provide accurate and timely financial information for budgeting and reporting purposes.
  • Prepare special reports and analyses as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree required and at least 7 years prior experience in the preparation of sponsored research proposals, financial management, accounting, budgeting, and/or fiscal administration. Supervisory experience required.  Must have proven ability to work in complex environment and handle multiple tasks efficiently simultaneously.  Must have excellent communication skills and strong organizational and interpersonal skills and constantly strive for improvement. Demonstrated ability to work independently and with others, with strong attention to detail and accuracy, ability to set goals and objectives, meet deadlines, present solutions to complex problems, and be self-motivated. Strong experience with SAP, Kuali Coeus, Cognos, Brio, and Excel required, as is an aptitude for learning new systems quickly. Master’s degree preferred. Job #15429-P

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Supervision is received from the Assistant Director for Administration of IMES.

SUPERVISION GIVEN

Will directly supervise IMES financial office staff.

Please apply to position 15429 through the MIT jobs portal at http://jobs.mit.eduPosted November 16, 2017

Assistant Professor of Immunology – MIT-Ragon Institute

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) together with the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard are seeking outstanding scientists for tenured or tenure-track faculty positions with a start date of July 1, 2018 or on a mutually agreeable date thereafter. The Ragon Institute was officially established in February 2009 as a joint institute involving faculty from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT and Harvard with a dual mission: to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and to establish itself as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology.

Candidates should demonstrate a track record of exceptional achievement in basic or translational research and a potential to develop an outstanding independent research program that supports the Institute’s ultimate goal of harnessing the immune system to prevent and cure human diseases. In particular, we are looking for innovative scientists with unique virology or immunology expertise as well as creative individuals who bring novel complementary approaches from other disciplines, including engineering, physical sciences, computation and structural biology, which can synergize with ongoing basic and translational research efforts at the Ragon Institute. Candidates whose interests intersect or complement vaccine design and development are strongly encouraged to apply. Expertise in the HIV field is not required.

The successful candidate will hold a primary tenured or tenure-track appointment within an appropriate department at MIT, and will be physically based at the Ragon Institute. Candidates must have an M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the start of employment. The search is for a candidate to be hired at the assistant professor level; however under special circumstances, a senior faculty appointment is possible. The Institute has its own recently renovated building located at the heart of MIT. The successful candidate will be provided a generous start-up package to complement outstanding laboratory and office space, as well as access to state of the art core facilities including advanced flow cytometry, microscopy, and an extensive clinical specimen repository. The successful candidate will be expected to build and maintain an internationally recognized extramurally funded research program complemented by substantial support from Institute funds. We particularly seek individuals whose expertise complement existing programs at the Ragon Institute. The candidate should possess the ability to work collaboratively with other scientists and the scholarly qualities required to mentor doctoral students in the graduate programs at MIT. Academic rank will be determined in accordance with the successful candidate’s experience and productivity. Faculty duties include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, research, and supervision of student research.

Interested candidates should submit application materials electronically at https://school-of-engineering-faculty-search.mit.edu/mit-ragon-search/register.tcl. Each application should include: cover letter; curriculum vitae; the names and addresses of three or more references; a strategic statement of research interests; and a statement of teaching interests. Each candidate must arrange for reference letters to be uploaded at https://school-of-engineering-faculty-search.mit.edu/mit-ragon-search/letters.

Questions should be addressed to mit-ragon-search@mit.edu. To be considered complete, responses must be received by December 15, 2017.

Please see Ragon Institute website for more information on this position.

With MIT’s strong commitment to diversity in engineering and science education, research, and practice we especially encourage minorities and women to apply.

MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer

Postdoctoral Associate – IMES/Isolation and Characterization of Exosomes Project

Postdoctoral Associate to join the team of Dr. Mercedes Balcells-Camps and Professor Elazer Edelman in a research group focused on extracellular vesicles, especially exosomes and microvesicles, which are not merely lipid vesicles, but also carry nucleic acids, proteins, receptors, lipids, and transcription factors, among others. The cargo content of microvesicles is programmed and selected specifically by the secretory cell. Due to its cargo, microvesicles have been implicated in multiple pathologies. Will isolate and separate extracellular and intracellular microvesicles produced by vascular, cancer, and brain cells; characterize isolated microvesicles as function of their size, origin, and load characteristics; and examine if the isolated microvesicles are able to induce phenotypic and genotypic changes on neighboring healthy and diseased cells. Duties include performing original research, which may include mammalian cell culture under 2D and 3D culture environments and mechanical stimulation (flow), differential ultracentrifugation, sequential centrifugal ultrafiltration or immunocapture, cryo-TEM, qRT-PCR, NGS-DNA Seq, SDS-PAGE, flow cytometry, Western blot, immunofluorescence, and cell function assays in high throughput format.

REQUIREMENTS

PhD in biology, chemistry, materials science, engineering, or relevant field; post-graduate experience in the biological field; experience with isolation and characterization of cell culture supernatants or serum proteins or lipids from bodily fluids; expertise in biology techniques (RNA, DNA, protein isolation and characterization, metabolomics, proteomics); experience with drug delivery (microparticle synthesis, loading, imaging and sorting techniques), a variety of computational biology techniques, software packages (R, MATLAB, Python), -omics databases, and algorithms to analyze -omics data; ability to work independently and collaboratively; and strong publication record. Experience with animal models and working with hydrogels and perfusion systems a plus.

Please apply to position 15201 through the MIT jobs portal at http://jobs.mit.edu. Posted September 14, 2017

Technical Associate I – IMES/Shalek Lab

Position is within the Shalek Lab (shaleklab.com, MIT, Broad Institute and Ragon Institute). The Shalek Lab specializes in leveraging novel single-cell genomic approaches to understand the behaviors of complex biological systems. The position will allow the applicant to gain experience in this field, with a specific focus in infectious disease, specifically Lyme, West Nile, and Influenza. Research questions in the lab also extend to cancer and autoimmunity, thus, the individual will gain exposure to a range of immunological research. The individual will be under the direct supervision of Prof. Alex Shalek and work within the community of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the lab. The applicant will learn how to implement Seq-Well, a newly developed technique in the Shalek lab, to generate single cell RNA-sequencing libraries on clinical samples. The individual will manage the receipt of clinical samples and interface with collaborators. The applicant will learn how to process and handle various tissues to be profiled with Seq-Well, including blood and synovial fluids. The applicant will also be expected to learn and perform next generation sequencing (NGS), analyze generated data in R, and communicate results to the lab and larger community. It is also expected that the applicant become proficient in the basic immunology of the infectious diseases being studied (ie: through reading papers, discussion with the lab, and attending talks/seminars). The individual will gain fundamental skills working in an interdisciplinary and technologically driven environment and gain access to the intellectual resources present across all three institutes.

REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree, preferably with course work in biology, chemistry, and/or genomics, and at least two years of bench experience which may include undergraduate work. Must have strong time management and communication skills to balance multiple projects, demonstrated problem solving skills, and the ability to learn quickly. Knowledge of R (and/or other programming languages) is desirable. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. This is a one year position with possibility of renewal contingent on grant funding.

Please apply to position 14987 through the MIT jobs portal at http://jobs.mit.eduPosted July 18, 2017

Senior Faculty – IMES

SENIOR FACULTY MEMBER, The Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) http://imes.mit.edu/ at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts invites applicants to apply for a tenured faculty position in the area of biomedical imaging to begin July, 2017 or thereafter. The successful candidate will be appointed to a tenured faculty position at MIT as the Athinoula A. Martinos Professor. The successful candidate is expected to work closely with the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Functional and Structural Biomedical Imaging, in particular the facilities housed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The Martinos Professor will have her/his laboratory at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center on the MGH campus. IMES is pioneering novel research and graduate education paradigms at the convergence of engineering, science, and medicine. IMES also houses the Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology (HST) program, the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center, the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, and MIT’s Clinical Research Center. Appointments will be made in partnership with another MIT department. Applicants should hold a PhD in engineering, science, or a related field (including MD or MD/PhD) by the beginning of employment. The candidate should have demonstrated excellence in original research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill all teaching, research and service obligations of a tenured faculty professor at MIT. Faculty duties include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advising students, conducting original scholarly research, developing course materials at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to MIT and the profession.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested candidates should submit application materials electronically at http://imes-senior-search.mit.edu/register. Each application should include: curriculum vitae; the names and addresses of three or more references; a strategic statement of research interests; and a statement of teaching interests. Each candidate must arrange for reference letters to be uploaded at http://imes-senior-search.mit.edu/letters.

QUESTIONS

Questions should be addressed to imes-search@mit.edu. To be considered responses must be received by April 1, 2017.

With MIT’s strong commitment to diversity in engineering education, research, and practice we especially encourage minorities and women to apply.

MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

For general questions, technical issues, or problems submitting documents, please contact Search-Master@School-of-Engineering-Faculty-Search.mit.edu.