Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

Position ID:MIT-EAPS-BABLABPDA [#24015]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts MA, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: microbial ecology
Molecular Biology
Appl Deadline:2023/02/28 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/12/15, finished 2023/05/09, listed until 2023/06/15)
Position Description:    

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

Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the Bacteriology and Aquatic Biogeochemistry Laboratory (the bablab: in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences to conduct research on biogeochemistry, microbiology, microbial ecology, and microbial interactions as related to marine systems and climate science.

The position is funded by a recent National Science Foundation award focusing on low-oxygen biogeochemistry in marine particles, particularly nitrogen cycling, and will involve laboratory-intensive research incorporating microfluidics. Experience with epifluorescence microscopy, image analysis, and microbial and/or phytoplankton cell culturing is required. The ideal candidate will have a passion for tinkering, engineering, and designing unique experimental systems. Postdocs in the bablab are expected to be independent, self-motivated, excited by laboratory work, and creative problem solvers. The successful candidate will collaborate with other members of the group, advise undergraduate and graduate students as appropriate, present work at national and international meetings, and advance a safe, supportive, and welcoming laboratory environment. Complementary opportunistic sea-going field work to the global ocean (current active projects exist in the Eastern Tropical Pacific oxygen minimum zones, Galápagos, and Antarctica) will be encouraged. Scientists of all backgrounds are welcome in the lab and encouraged to apply.

Required: PhD (or equivalent) in microbiology, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, or a closely related field, and experience in microscopy and molecular biology.

The position is offered at a competitive salary for an initial one-year period but multiple years of funding from the US National Science Foundation have been secured. The position is available to start immediately, pending work permits. The successful candidate must have completed all PhD requirements by the start date.

Contact: Professor Andrew Babbin ( for further information. CV, brief statement of interests, and names of 3 reference letter writers should be uploaded at Academic Jobs online at this link:

Deadline for applications to receive full review: January 31, 2023

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. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check, including verifying any finding of misconduct (or pending investigation) from prior employers.

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