POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, DNA-BASED EXCITONICS, Biological Engineering, to lead cutting-edge experimental research on nanoscale light-harvesting and excitonic energy transfer in structured DNA assemblies. Will work on the design, experimental synthesis, and structural and optical characterization of nanoscale light-harvesting and energy transport in the laboratory of Mark Bathe at MIT and work closely with the theoretical group of Professor Alan Aspuru Guzik at Harvard University as part of the MIT Center for Excitonics.
The Bathe Lab is working on developing new self-assembled DNA nano-architectures to scaffold chromophores in organizations that mimic and extend beyond natural photosynthetic systems. The lab uses a combination of computational approaches to design and predict the behavior of these systems and experimental approaches to test and validate the newly synthesized DNA-chromophore constructs. Extensive electrophoretic, structural, and spectroscopic approaches are being used to characterize DNA-chromophore assemblies to enable next-generation design of biomimetic multi-chromophore systems for diverse applications in nanoscale science and technology.
REQUIRED: Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or related field. Extensive knowledge of and experience with advanced spectroscopy including circular dichroism, fluorescence spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and biochemical synthesis and characterization is essential. Wet-lab experience with nucleic acids is a major plus, as is familiarity with structure-based computational design of molecular systems and quantum dynamical modeling. Seek highly-motivated and detail-oriented individual with strong interpersonal, communication, and scientific skills. Job #12519
In addition to applying online here with a CV and cover letter, please submit a letter of intent on how this position relates to your past experience, a CV describing relevant projects and skills, a list of your relevant publications, and contacts for three academic references to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line Excitonics Postdoctoral Research Associate.
Application deadline: September 1, 2015, or until filled.
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