Asst Staff - Chemist/Biochemist/Chemical Engineer

MIT Lincoln Laboratory - Massachusetts4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $71,000 - $100,000 a year
The Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group develops systems and technology for disaster preparedness, detection, mitigation, restoration, and attribution, with emphasis on chemical, biological, and explosives threats. Principal sponsors are the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. The work of this group is highly interdisciplinary; as a result, the backgrounds of the researchers and program teams are diverse. Rigorous systems analyses are used to produce system architectures and recommend research areas to guide government investment. These analyses are grounded by modeling and simulation of threats and evaluation of defense capabilities. Where needed, advanced technology development and testing is conducted which often requires experimentation in both laboratory and operational settings. Experimentation spans across the evaluation of existing methods, novel method development, method and technology integration, and evaluation and optimization of full systems. Research is often coordinated with inputs from stakeholder communities such that results map to operational requirements.

Job Description

Candidate will contribute to a multi-disciplinary team seeking to understand chemical, biological, and explosives defense technology requirements and capabilities. Defense solutions may be evaluated or developed for threat detection, attribution, protection, and remediation applications in both military and homeland operational environments. Candidate may be asked to assist in many aspects of technology development including analysis, design, development, test and evaluation. Position will involve wet laboratory research including the design and implementation of experiments and the analysis of resulting data as well as sensor integration and testing.

BS in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Chemical Engineering. Multi-disciplinary research experience is highly desired. Position requires wet laboratory experience quantifying trace-level samples with analytical techniques including GC-MS, LC-MS and LC-MS/MS, absorbance, and fluorescence. The successful candidate will have the capacity to independently carry out and interpret statistical data analysis of collected data by techniques such as principal component analysis, ANOVA, and non-parametric methods. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to plan and carry out scientific experiments and present the results.. Experience with vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR and Raman) and stable isotope ratios is preferred. Knowledge of standard biological protocols and techniques, such as DNA extraction, amplification, and quantification, are a plus, as are knowledge and skills in light and/or laser-based optical microscopy. Strong communications skills and ability to work both independently and in a multi-disciplinary team environment are necessary. Position also requires some participation in conducting field experiments which may require periodic travel.

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

Requisition ID: 25952