Postdoctoral Opportunity

Postdoctoral position in experimental evolution of host-microbiome associations, the Brucker Lab.

Job description: We seek and outstanding individual for a postdoctoral associate position to contribute to an ongoing project at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University in the laboratory of Robert Brucker. We are looking for candidates that are excellent bionformtics in genome and animal biology or in microbiology or microbial communities with a strong background in to investigate the mechanisms of host-microbiome interactions. Using an insect model system Nasonia, we are experimentally evolving populations of host animals exposed to xenobiotic toxins as environmental stressors. We are observing host and microbiome adaptation as new phenotypes emerge. Experience analyzing large datasets with many variables- whole genome sequencing, transcriptomes, and metabolomics is preferred. Prospective applicants should have made significant contributions to their area of study, as evidenced by a strong publication record. We are seeking creative and highly motivated individuals who want to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research environment.

We look for candidates with strong quantitative skills, proven time and project-management skills, ability to work in a small team environment and excellent communication skills. The position is for one year with potential for renewal with satisfactory performance. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Required qualification: Ph.D. or equivalent by the time of job start in biology, evolution, genomics, bioinformatics, microbiology, evolution, statistics, or other appropriate field. Excellent experimental and organization skills.

 Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in designing and executing experiments involving metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and/or metabolomic profiling
  • Experience with microbiome data analysis, elucidating host-microbiome interactions, and/or functional prediction of microbial systems using pathway analysis
  • Fluency in standard bioinformatics tools, Python, Perl, and R
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze high-dimensional biological datasets
  • Excellent creativity, decision making, and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as demonstrated through publications and presentations
  • Experience with experimental evolution, disease ecology, ecological modeling or advanced statistics
  • Evidence of intellectual leadership

To apply: email a CV, research statement cover letter and three letters of reference to brucker@rowland.harvard.edu Letters of reference can be uploaded directly by letter writers following instructions on the web page. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Opportunity

The Congreve Lab at the Rowland Institute at Harvard is looking for postdoctoral applicants in the area of Excitonic Devices and Applications. The Congreve Lab seeks to better understand the physics of excitonic materials, both individually and in combination, and to use that knowledge to build more efficient devices such as LEDs and photovoltaic cells. We believe that the combination of excitonic materials will open up research applications and pathways not accessible to traditional device designs. Examples of these pathways include recent demonstrations of all-optical upconversion and downconversion of light (doi.org/10.1038/nmat4097, doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2015.226). More information can be found on our website at congrevelab.org. We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals to bring their skillsets to our lab. The ideal candidate should have a PhD in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or a related field, and a strong publication record. Direct experience with excitonic materials, including but not limited to organic semiconductors, colloidal nanocrystals, and two dimensional materials, is required. Work with inorganic materials or inorganic-organic hybrids is a plus. Send a cover letter and CV to congreve@rowland.harvard.edu to apply.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Opportunity

The Tao lab welcomes passionate postdoc collaborators with a strong background in one of the following areas: a) micro- nanofabrication b) low-temperature physics instrumentation development c) material synthesis. We are looking for specialists to build a mutually complementary, interdisciplinary team.   Scientists who would like to bolster our efforts for at least 2 years and who have outstanding ability in one of the skills are especially encouraged to apply.   Desired skillsets and research goals are as follows:

a) Micro-nanofabrication

You have years of extensive cleanroom experience with expertise in photolithography, ebeam lithography, wet and plasma etching processes, wet and vacuum deposition processes, wafer polishing and bonding processes, thinfilm and surface characterization techniques (ellipsometry, AFM, XPS, etc.),  sample preparation for and operation of SEM, TEM, and FIB.   You feel comfortable working full time in a cleanroom environment.

Access to novel devices and sensors is foundational for new experiments.   You will shoulder the responsibility of developing novel nanomechanical force sensors and magnetic field-generation devices from both traditional (e.g. Si, quartz) and novel materials (e.g.  2D materials).   You will bring original ideas on how to optimize and most efficiently fabricate these classes of devices.

b) Complex Instrumentation

Your have designed and built a piece of complex physical instrument from scratch.  You are thus an expert in using programs like Solidworks and AutoCAD.  You enjoy machining parts, soldering up electronics, fixing and cleaning high-vacuum systems, and writing system control and measurement programs.   You are comfortable with and have experience working with liquid helium.

Custom instrumentation enables unique experiments to be performed.  You will remodel a 4K liquid He cryostat for characterizing the properties of novel nanomagnetic devices and force sensors.   You will drive the measurement and characterization of our new devices.  You will also assist in the building of another low temperature scanning probe microscope.

c) Material Synthesis

You are an expert in the synthesis and manipulation of matter.  Your experience include multi-step organic synthesis, liquid-phase and gas-phase inorganic nanomaterial preparation, and (ideally also) recombinant production of proteins.   Special plus include isotopic labelling strategies for both small molecules and biological materials.  You are comfortable with and knowledgeable about working safely with hazardous chemicals, including hydrofluoric acid and flammable gases. 

Bottom-up nanomaterials are attractive building blocks for nanoscale devices.  You will be in charge of synthesizing existing and novel nanowire and nanobelt-shaped material.  You will learn to fabricate devices from these nanomaterials in the cleanroom and characterize their properties with the help of colleagues.  You will use and extend knowledge of material processing and chemical modifications to improve their relevant figures of merit.   You will prepare biologically interesting protein complexes with size on the 10nm-100nm scale.  You will develop and construct special sample preparation setups.

 Interested scientists should email the following application documents to Ye Tao:

1) A letter describing why you apply to this position and how your experience and interests are a good match for the job.   What are your long-term career plans?  What do you wish to accomplish in the next 3 years?  Brief, original research ideas relevant to our efforts will be a plus.    

2)  CV including a list of publications, teaching experiences, and contact details of 2-3 past advisors who are willing to provide references.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

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