Employment

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Taute Lab at the Rowland Institute at Harvard is offering a postdoc opportunity at the interface between physics and biology.

The lab focuses on understanding how physics and ecology interplay in shaping the diversity of swimming behaviors available to microbes. Many bacteria swim with the aid of flagella, helical appendages that can be rotated by a motor at their base. Bacterial species differ in flagella number, position, shape, and other properties. We strive to learn which motility behaviors can be achieved with a given flagellar architecture in a given type of environment and to evaluate the benefits of these different behavioral strategies.

The successful candidate will conduct experimental research on novel bacterial motility behaviors using a broad range of approaches that include high-throughput 3D bacterial tracking, chemotaxis assays, and other biophysical techniques.

Applicants should bring along

  •  training in physics, quantitative biology, or a related field, 
  •  enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary experimental science, 
  •  a strong background in quantitative analyses, and 
  •  proficiency in at least one programming language.

 

Experience in advanced light microscopy or microbiology would be advantageous. Applicants must be fluent in English and hold a doctorate in a relevant discipline.

Interested candidates should email the following application documents to Katja Taute (taute@rowland.harvard.edu):

1) a current CV including research skills and a publication list,

2) a short letter describing research accomplishments and interests (max. 1 page), and

3) contact details for at least two individuals willing to provide references.

 

EEO Statement

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

 

 

 

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Cira Lab at the Rowland Institute at Harvard is now accepting application for a postdoctoral fellow position.

Position description:

Many biological systems involve the interaction of large numbers of different components, and many of biology’s most pressing questions involve understanding emergent properties of such systems. These questions include, “How do combinations of different microbial species result in community stability?”, “How do different genetic variants combine to give resistance or susceptibility to disease?”, and “How do RNA expression levels give rise to different cell types?”

Answering questions like these will require numbers of experiments commensurate with the complexity of the systems being studied. The Cira lab is developing technologies to enable new scales of experimental throughput and using them to untangle complex biological systems.

Funding is available for a postdoctoral position for up to five years. Salary is competitive, and the Rowland Institute is located at the center of the Boston/Cambridge area.

The ideal candidates will have some knowledge in one or more of the following: mini- and microfabrication, capillarity and wetting phenomena, surface treatments, superomniphobic surfaces, microfluidics, programming, high throughput sequencing/genomics, microbiology, and quantitative biology.

Contact:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Nate Cira:

cira@rowland.harvard.edu

Lab webpage:

http://www.ciralab.rowland.harvard.edu

 

EEO Statement

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

 

 

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Wang Group at The Rowland Institute at Harvard is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow position starting April 2018 or later.

The Wang Group’s focus is on energy and environment applications. Candidates with achievements, knowledge, and experience in areas including heterogeneous catalysis (such as CO2 hydrogenation, CH4 partial oxidation, low-T methanol reforming, solid oxide fuel cell, and so on), applied electrochemistry in energy/environment/sensors, electrochromic materials/devices, and microbial (electro)synthesis are preferred.

The candidate will benefit from the expertise of Wang group in catalysis, and the interdisciplinary environment fostered at the Rowland Institute at Harvard.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2017, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply applicants should email the following to hwang@rowland.harvard.edu.

  • Cover Letter
  • Complete CV
  • Statement of Past Research achievements
  • Statement of Future Research interests
  • List of 3 references

Wang group website: http://www.rowland.harvard.edu/rjf/hwang/

 

EEO Statement

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

 

 

 

Laboratory Engineer/Technical Specialist/Technical Other

Grade 57

Duties and responsibilities

  • Reports to Associate Director for Science, the candidate will collaborate closely with the Rowland Fellows (RF’s) to design, build and implement new experiments for their research projects.
  • Uses experience, knowledge and insight to understand if additional technical modification is needed to achieve the goal of the experiment. 
  • Mentors, coordinates and provides technical expertise to RJF’s on lab equipment and experiment set-up and breakdown. 
  • Analyzes, trouble shoots, diagnoses, maintains, and repairs mechanical and electrical experiments, systems and instrumentation. 
  • Provides flexible coverage for unplanned gaps or shortages in laboratory staffing, and provides continuity of knowledge.
  • Communicates with equipment manufacturers to coordinate repairs and upgrades.
  • May assist with building and dimantling experiments.
  • Manages shared laboratory instrumentation for RF’s, postdoc.s, undergraduates students, graduate students, and staff.
  • Serves as interface and coordinator of shared instrumentation space and equipment therein.

 

List of Possible shared instrumentation (not all-inclusive list):

UV/Vis, fluorescence and CD spectrometers

Centrifuges

Optical microscopes

Scanning Electron Microscope

Mechanical pumps

Freeze dry system

Box furnaces and vacuum heating dryer

Vacuum Systems

Is responsible for managing the clean room (soft lithography): supervises training of users of equipment in clean room (all users to complete CNS training),  monitors gas cylinders in clean room, regulates use of lockers and provides clean room gowns, orders supplies, etc.

 

List of possible clean room equipment (not all-inclusive list):

Karl Suss MA6

Headway Spinner

Technics 500II Plasma system

Dektak profilometer

ovens

sonicators

Thrives on variety in their daily work and on interaction with RF's, students and staff.

Other duties as required.

 

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelors Degree with minimum of three years experience in a scientific laboratory setting OR Associates Degree with a minimum of five years experience in a scientific laboratory setting.

Additional qualifications:

Bachelors Degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering preferred.

Strong analytical, mechanical and problem solving skills. Ability to prioritize and effectively execute tasks. Strong organizational skills, creativity, self motivation and communication skills required. Ability to effectively work with and support a diverse group of Principal Investigators in a laboratory setting.

Physical Demands:

Continuous walking, standing, sitting and manual dexterity. Frequent bending, lifting, handling, carrying, pushing, pulling, squatting, climbing and reaching.

 

Apply through Harvard University portal using REQ ID: 42014BR

EEO Statement

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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