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Research Associate: Associate Lab Director
Marks Lab | Systems Biology Department

The Marks lab in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School is recruiting an Associate Research Lab Director. This is an outstanding opportunity for a broadly trained computational biologist who is ambitious to expand their skills in project management and mentoring while working at the cutting edge of biology and genomics. This position works in partnership with the PI (Debora Marks) to lead several challenging and exciting projects at the interface of biology and machine learning.  The position involves three major activities: making intellectual contributions to a wide range of lab projects, including participation in high-level steering committees for international projects; developing and disseminating key lab practices related to code development and effective collaboration; and serving as a scientific project manager for grant submissions and reports. The Associate Research Director will be a key intellectual partner and collaborator for many lab members, and recognized as an author on publications and patents whenever appropriate.  The person in this position will become an increasingly visible leader within and outside the lab, gaining extensive experience in innovation and team-building relevant to future positions in both academia and industry. This is an outstanding opportunity for a broadly trained computational biologist who is ambitious to expand their skills in project management and mentoring while working at the cutting edge of machine learning and genomics.

Preferred Qualifications:

A PhD in a biology-related subject with a serious computational component is required. Scientific rigor, attention to detail, and demonstrated coding skills are essential.  Strong communication skills, including writing, are important, and writing samples may be requested for finalist candidates.  This is a high-energy and highly interactive position where excellent personal skills, including a sense of humor, are vital. Creativity and an ability to see the bigger picture are a great plus. Postdoctoral experience is preferred but not required. The academic title for this position is Research Associate. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to the below application link.

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Associate Director of the Synthetic Biology Hive
Harvard Medical School

The newly-formed Synthetic Biology Hive aims to use the technologies developed by living things to solve major real-world problems.  Early projects include efforts in carbon draw-down, diagnostics for emerging and resurgent diseases, novel biomaterials, and biomining.  We are a seeking an Associate Director to spearhead at least one of these directions, and to oversee the research operations at the Hive. In collaboration with the co-Directors and with other Hive members, the Associate Director will work to identify funding sources, and to bring together faculty and trainees at Harvard and across the Boston area to create and execute research projects in these areas. The Associate Director will oversee a lab manager, and provide mentoring and technical advice to Hive members.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual with broad biological training and an interest in the technologies that biology makes possible.  We anticipate that the Hive will become a major center of training in the practical applications of synthetic biology, with considerable flexibility for the Associate Director to help shape the directions of new projects and work with trainees and colleagues to transform basic research into practical applicability. 

Requirements: PhD required, postdoctoral training preferred.  Demonstrated teamwork and communication abilities.

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Independent Fellows in Synthetic Biology
Harvard Medical School

We are recruiting independent fellows to work on and/or develop exciting new research programs which harness the power of synthetic and systems biology to tackle real-world problems, including but not limited to: disease, climate, energy/food/fuel production, and sustainability.

The Synthetic Biology Initiative at Harvard Medical School provides an opportunity for exceptional early-career scientists to accelerate their entry into independent research by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Funds from the Synthetic Biology Initiative will support the fellow's salary, benefits, and research expenses for an initial period of 2 years, with the potential for annual renewals up to a total of 5 years. Synthetic Biology Fellows will have the freedom to develop their research program independently and/or in collaboration with faculty and researchers across the Harvard ecosystem.

Fellows will be embedded within the Synthetic Biology Hive (synbiohive.org) directed by Professors Silver & Springer, where they will have access to technical, social, and professional support and resources. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the larger community of independent fellows (including the John Harvard Fellows, the Rowland Fellows, and the NSF-Simons QBio Fellows) who collectively represent a diverse cohort building innovative research programs across disciplines. 

Appointments are available beginning on or after June 1, 2022. Recruitments will occur in several waves; we will accept applications on a rolling basis for the initial wave of fellows from now until Sept 1, 2022. If you have questions about whether to apply now or wait for a later wave, or anything else about the position, feel free to e-mail synbiohive@hms.harvard.edu. Researchers should have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field before starting their appointment.

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Independent Theory Fellows at Harvard Medical School

The Department for Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School is recruiting independent fellows with strong backgrounds in the mathematical sciences, including pure or applied mathematics, statistics and theoretical physics. Fellows will be supported for two years and will be at the core of a new theory initiative including 4-6 fellows and several sabbatical visitors as well as many existing students, postdocs and faculty. The purpose is to create an intellectually vigorous community for using mathematics to understand biology, whether theorem-driven approaches to understand core principles or computationally driven analyses of experimental data. This community will be supported by many joint activities, including regular talks, dinners, workshops and mini-courses. Fellows are encouraged to work with faculty in any department of HMS, as well as build bridges to other schools at Harvard. Applications are considered at any time and should include a CV, a brief research description including both previous and proposed work, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references for letters of support.

Applications from women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged. Harvard Medical School is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applications or informal inquiries should be sent to johan_paulsson@hms.harvard.edu