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Tech Physical/Analytical Chemist

Group 81 - The Chemical, Microsystem, and Nanoscale Technologies Group combines chemistry, optics, photonics, microfluidics, and nanofabrication disciplines, enabling the development of new technologies in the areas of chem-bio defense, diagnostic and forensic analysis, and sensors and signal processors. The work includes the design, development and testing of sensors for the detection of chemicals and materials (both point and standoff); multifunctional microsystems combining sensing, actuation, and energy sources; and the design, fabrication, and demonstration of metamaterials, plasmonic and nanophotonic devices, and microfluidic components. See for a description and history of the Group.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position involves developing innovative techniques and instrumentation for a variety of chemical sensing applications. The candidate will be responsible for (1) identifying and developing novel methods for the detection of chemicals in a variety of complex matrices, (2) developing computational models to predict chemical sensor performance for new and challenging applications, and (3) improving sampling techniques and instruments to meet varying chemical detection needs. The candidate will perform theoretical analysis of detection methods, design and construct testbed systems, and conduct experiments in both the laboratory and the field. Additional responsibilities will include leading small teams, contributing to the group’s overall research directions, and collaborating with a highly interdisciplinary research team. This position will require occasional travel to field locations.


REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in Chemistry (preferably Physical or Analytical Chemistry), Chemical Physics, Biochemistry, or equivalent.


EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: The candidate must have an extensive background in chemistry, instrumental analysis, and data acquisition and processing, as well as an adequate understanding of organic chemistry and biology.  It is highly desirable that the candidate demonstrate a practical and theoretical understanding of the design and application of one or more of the following: mass spectrometry, atmospheric-pressure ionization methods and ion-molecule processes, statistical methods used in –omics based biology mass spectroscopy, infrared laser-based spectroscopy, or coherent Raman spectroscopy. Candidates with experience with more than one of these areas will be given strongest consideration. The demonstrated ability to find creative solutions to complex problems is required, as are the abilities to write clearly and prepare lucid technical reports and presentations. The candidate will be expected to operate effectively in a multidisciplinary environment; therefore, the demonstrated ability to communicate and interface with scientists from other disciplines is highly desirable.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. Citizenship is required.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Full time