Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Biology

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Position Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Biology / Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Human Microbiome
Appl Deadline:2020/10/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/09/28, finished 2021/05/01)
Position Description:   URMs  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Ragon Institute together with the Department of Biology at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is seeking outstanding scientists for tenured or tenure-track faculty positions. The Ragon Institute has its own recently renovated building located near the heart of MIT. The Ragon Institute was officially established in February 2009 as a joint institute involving faculty from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT, and Harvard University. 

The search is for a candidate at the Assistant Professor level; however, under special circumstances, a senior faculty appointment with tenure is possible. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. or equivalent degree and have a track record of exceptional achievement in basic or translational research and the potential to develop an outstanding independent research program that supports the Ragon Institute’s ultimate goal of harnessing the immune system to prevent and cure human diseases. In particular, we are looking for innovative scientists with expertise and interests in infectious diseases, immunology, and/or the human microbiome. We seek creative individuals who bring complementary approaches from other disciplines, including engineering, physical sciences, computational and structural biology, which can synergize with ongoing basic and translational research efforts at the Ragon Institute and in the Department of Biology. 


The successful candidate will be provided with a generous start-up package to complement outstanding laboratory and office space, as well as access to state-of-the-art core facilities including advanced flow cytometry, microscopy, BSL-3 facilities and an extensive clinical specimen repository, a truly diverse culture and strong mentorship.  The successful candidate is expected to build and maintain an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program complemented by substantial support from Institute funds.  Candidates should possess the ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, and share our commitment to undergraduate and graduate education by teaching courses and supervising graduate and undergraduate research. We are particularly interested in candidates who will help promote and provide diversity.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of current and proposed research, three letters of recommendation, and a statement on commitment to teaching, mentoring, diversity, and outreach.  Candidates may comment on their experience and/or how they envision contributing to our ongoing efforts in these areas. 


Completed applications will be reviewed starting October 30, 2020. 


Note there are two other searches to fill faculty positions in the MIT Biology Department. Candidates may apply to any or all of these positions, but must submit a separate application for each. View employment opportunities for additional details.  



MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here.

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Further Info:
MIT Department of Biology
Attn: Biology Search Committee
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 68-132
Cambridge, MA 02139