Postdoctoral fellows

in our CEGS Center for Causal Consequences of Variation (CCV) and DOE Genomes-to-Life Center .

Interested in synthetic genomics, organic chemistry, accelerated evolution, biofuels, automated allele replacement, iPS cells, in situ RNA technology, synthetic neural systems, nano/microfab, synthetic ribosomes/cells, personal genomics/phenomics.

We are getting a large number of applicants, so please help us by answering these questions. Although the group is generally well funded, we often don't have postdoctoral salaries available, in which case postdocs can join only after they have an approved fellowship. One exception currently is under our CEGS CCV Diversity Program for minority groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Also, while all members of the lab do computational biology, they are mostly (and increasingly) multidisciplinary in their postdoctoral plans (i.e. including experimental work and/or automation).

1. What aspect of the experimental research in our lab interests you most? (Note that this is not an irreversible committment to such a topic, merely a way for us to start to get acquainted.) How might it connect to your graduate research strengths?

2. What are your plans for obtaining postdoctoral fellowship funding (many fellows find this advantageous for their career but it requires application months in advance)? Do you have salary needs beyond standard NIH fellowship levels?

3. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status?

4. What is your ideal scenario for a postdoc and beyond?

5. Is your graduate advisor likely to recommend you at a high enough level that you could achieve your post-post-doc goals?

Please email your current CV/resume and have a letter of reference from your advisor emailed to Emma Taddeo.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

What is the process after sending in an application? You should get an acknowledgement of receipt within one week. You will not hear anything further unless you have been selected to come visit (usually emailed within 3 weeks). This will usually be a Monday or Thursday with a seminar arranged for 12:30 PM and a very informal series of one-on-one diuscussions with lab-members from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Do we pay travel expenses for postdoctoral interviews? Generally not. We encourage you to combine visiting our group with other meetings in the Boston area.
Do we allow collaborations? Yes, we encourage them.
What is the typical time for a postdoctoral research? It ranges from a couple of months (for some of our recent PhDs that go basically directly to faculty positions) -- to 3 years (typical) -- to career research positions. As with the research projects, this a highly individual decision that requires careful (re)evaluation, not a one-size-fits-all solution.
What are past trainees doing now? See our table of current and former lab members for a summary.
What is the focus of our Center? Developing technologies that enable high-throughput DNA synthesis, genome engineering, and biological data acquisition as well as novel integrations of biology with engineering. Ultimately we want these to be applicabile to health, education and environmental quality.
Salary and fringe benefits? Competitive with similar institutions.
How to navigate to the lab? See Maps and accomodations web page

Updated 22-Feb-2012