Tech Staff - Chem/Bio/Forensics/Data

Date: Jun 6, 2019

Location: MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group develops systems and technology for disaster preparedness, detection, mitigation, and attribution, with emphasis on chemical and biological defense. Principal sponsors are the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. The work of the group is highly interdisciplinary; as a result, the backgrounds of the researchers are diverse, including engineering (electrical, mechanical, chemical, biomedical), physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and biology. Rigorous systems analyses produce system architectures and recommend research areas to guide government investment. These analyses are grounded by modeling and simulation of threats and defenses, and by data analysis. Sensor development is conducted at several levels, including initial measurements of detection signatures, proof-of-concept experiments for biological or chemical assay or electro-optic sensors, integration into autonomous sensors along with development of the associated electronics and algorithms, and rigorous field testing in relevant environments. The group develops and tests multitechnology integrated systems in operational settings. The integrated systems include significant algorithm development to fuse multisource information. Emerging thrusts in the group include support for additional homeland security missions, countering weapons of mass destruction, and explosives detection.

 

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 advanced technology development including analysis, design, development, test and evaluation. Position will involve a combination of chemical and/or biological laboratory research including the design and execution of experiments, sensor integration and testing to generate operationally relevant performance data and signatures, and analysis of data and development of system architectures.

 

The position requires a PhD in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, or related degree as well as 2 or more years of post-graduate experience designing and executing multi-disciplinary research efforts.  Significant expertise in the fields of molecular biology (e.g., DNA extraction, clean-up, quantitation, amplification, and sequencing), microbiology, analytical chemistry (e.g., mass spectrometry, chromatography, and/or optical spectroscopy), and forensics is highly desired.  The successful candidate will have the capacity to independently design and interpret results using statistical methods (e.g., Student’s t-test, ANOVA, confidence intervals). Knowledge and application of machine learning classification and regression methods (e.g., random forest, k-NN, multinomial logistic regression) and familiarity with CBRNe applications, forensics, and non-human DNA analysis is a plus.  Demonstrated experience successfully generating research ideas, writing proposals, and developing project plans/budgets/schedules is highly desirable.  The candidate must have demonstrated the ability to communicate results in oral and written form through presentations and written-reports/journal articles, respectively.  Strong communication skills and ability to work both independently and in a team environment are necessary; experience leading diverse teams is a plus.  The position also requires some participation in conducting field experiments which may require periodic travel.

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 advanced technology development including analysis, design, development, test and evaluation. Position will involve a combination of chemical and/or biological laboratory research including the design and execution of experiments, sensor integration and testing to generate operationally relevant performance data and signatures, and analysis of data and development of system architectures.

 

The position requires a PhD in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, or related degree as well as 2 or more years of post-graduate experience designing and executing multi-disciplinary research efforts.  Significant expertise in the fields of molecular biology (e.g., DNA extraction, clean-up, quantitation, amplification, and sequencing), microbiology, analytical chemistry (e.g., mass spectrometry, chromatography, and/or optical spectroscopy), and forensics is highly desired.  The successful candidate will have the capacity to independently design and interpret results using statistical methods (e.g., Student’s t-test, ANOVA, confidence intervals). Knowledge and application of machine learning classification and regression methods (e.g., random forest, k-NN, multinomial logistic regression) and familiarity with CBRNe applications, forensics, and non-human DNA analysis is a plus.  Demonstrated experience successfully generating research ideas, writing proposals, and developing project plans/budgets/schedules is highly desirable.  The candidate must have demonstrated the ability to communicate results in oral and written form through presentations and written-reports/journal articles, respectively.  Strong communication skills and ability to work both independently and in a team environment are necessary; experience leading diverse teams is a plus.  The position also requires some participation in conducting field experiments which may require periodic travel.


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