Postdoctoral Associate in Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering
United States

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Number: 17810

Functional Area: Research - Engineering

Department: Chemical Engineering

School Area: Engineering

Employment Type: Full-Time

Employment Category: Exempt

Visa Sponsorship Available: No



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, Chemical Engineering, to work on a cross-disciplinary research project at the intersection of acoustics and characterization of living cells in the lab of Professor Clark Colton. This project seeks to extend a novel method developed at MIT that makes use of backscatter and forward scatter of ultrasound from insonified particles to measure physical properties over a size range of nanoparticles to cell aggregates. Specifically, will develop novel means to measure, in real time, the concentration and size distribution of cells in suspension and explore a new approach to measure density and compressibility of cells for application to both bioprocessing and diagnosis of abnormal cells. Also of interest, is investigation if such measurements can provide useful information about cell viability. Responsibilities include the operation of ultrasonic instrumentation to measure forward and backscatter from cellular suspensions, analysis of the signals to correlate them with concentration, size distribution, density and compressibility of particles and cells, and the handling of cells.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in physics, acoustics, and/or ultrasonics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or related field; experience with ultrasonic (especially ultrasonic) instrumentation; strong data analysis skills, including basic signal processing and familiarity with MATLAB; ability to execute detailed protocols carefully; self-motivation; ability to prioritize and multitask; and strong analytical, problem-solving, documentation, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of fluid dynamics and capability for modeling interaction with acoustic phenomena; experience with acoustic transducers; wet laboratory skills; and experience or willingness to learn propagation, culturing, and handling of cells are desirable. Job #17810

In addition to applying online via the MIT HR website, please send a cover letter and CV to Include your CV (with publications) and a cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the position.Must be able to provide at least two letters of recommendation upon request.

A commitment of at least one year is required.


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.

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