The Sculpting Evolution Group seeks to a research scientist to supervise and assist research projects focused on advancing biotechnology safely. Ideal candidates will be committed to glimpsing the best possibilities of the future and making them real.
On a practical level, we’re looking for people who:
Broader views are also important. Particularly strong candidates might be those who:
The group’s overt research interests have shifted over the past few years. We retain a focus on understanding and controlling evolution, including but not limited to our PRANCE system for high-throughput robotic directed evolution, and adding machine learning and in silico directed evolution to our repertoire. However, we now focus more on engineering mammalian systems, not just in developing novel genome editing approaches relevant to ecological engineering, but also with relevance to biosecurity and mitigating catastrophic risks, for some of the reasons outlined here. Example ongoing projects in this area include SecureDNA and the Nucleic Acid Observatory; we also work on receptor decoys and other broad-spectrum or rapidly scalable defenses against exponentially spreading agents. As these projects span an impressively large number of fields, we seek generalists with expertise covering several of them.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
On a day-to-day level, the position will involve designing and performing experiments, supervising diverse research projects in the group, training and mentoring new arrivals, helping manage key collaborations, writing publications and grant proposals, and optionally engaging in science communication to general audiences or to policymakers. Given the breadth of research methods that we employ, willingness to learn new skills and techniques is a must.
Reports to Prof. Kevin Esvelt
Qualifications & Skills:
Examples of valuable skill sets include but are not limited to:
Please note that this position may be remote and/or in-person.
The Sculpting Evolution Group seeks to a research scientist to supervise and assist research projects focused on advancing biotechnology safely. Ideal candidates will be committed to glimpsing the best…