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De novo enzymatic DNA synthesis

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position, co-hosted by the ‘Bioinspired Therapeutics and Diagnostics’ and ‘Synthetic Biology’ platforms.

Project overview: The superior density and durability of DNA, along with the lack of technological obsolescence, makes it a compelling medium for storing the exponentially growing volume of digital data. We are developing next-generation DNA synthesis processes which could challenge traditional chemical methods and be suitable for large-scale DNA-based data archives.

Qualifications: We seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants with expertise in biochemistry and/or electrochemistry to contribute to the development of enzymatic processes to be integrated into a DNA synthesis platform for information storage. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in biology, bioengineering, biochemistry, chemistry or related field of study with a proven track record in high-quality publications.

The ideal candidate will interface with a multidisciplinary team working at the intersection of biochemistry, microdevices, microfluidics, electrical engineering and computer science. Previous experience with DNA/protein microarrays, high-throughput DNA sequencing, microfabrication techniques, surface chemistries or micro/nano-electrode arrays will be positively evaluated.

Application Procedure: A single PDF file containing a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a complete resume or CV which includes a full list of publications and contact information for three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation) should be sent to with the subject line “EDS.” Please include up to three relevant scientific papers.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristics protected by law.

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