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Postdoctoral Associate, Manalis Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 09/11/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, to join a collaboration between the Manalis Lab (MIT) and the Polz Lab (recently moved from MIT to University of Austria) working on research that is at the interface of novel instrumentation for single cell analysis and environmental microbiology aimed at understanding how microbes grow in the ocean under varying spatial and temporal conditions. It is largely unknown how fast individual microbes grow under in situ conditions, how growth rates differ among groups of microbes, and how they are modulated by ecological conditions. To address such questions, the labs have proposed to develop a single-cell based system that allows coupled measurement of in situ cell mass and growth rates with genomic characteristics. If successful, this project will facilitate understanding of the microbial contribution to environmental processes and the incorporation of these processes into ecological, biogeochemical, and climate models. The labs employ graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and technical staff with a range of scientific backgrounds from engineering to biology.

Additional information about the position is available at

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in microbiology or engineering related field, experience with precision measurement and instrumentation, good problem solving and analytical skills, and an interest in harnessing engineering approaches to address fundamental questions in environmental microbiology. Job #18947

In addition to applying online via the MIT website, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three references to Professor Scott Manalis at

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