Chemist
MIT Lincoln Laboratory - Lexington, MA

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Group 81 - The Chemical Sensing and Synthetic Materials Group combines chemistry, biology, 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 development and testing of chemical sensors for trace explosive and toxic chemical detection (both point and standoff), protein engineering for novel sensing and decontamination applications, and the development of improved processes and protocols for sensing DNA and RNA. The Group also develops novel lithographic and nanofabrication technologies for application to nanoscale devices, integrated photonics systems, components for optical communications, chem/bio sensors, and nano-fluidic systems.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position involves developing innovative techniques and instrumentation for chemical sensing applications. Specifically, the candidate will be responsible for (1) identifying and developing novel methods for the detection of trace chemicals in a variety of complex matrices, (2) improving sampling techniques and instruments to meet varying detection needs. The candidate will perform theoretical analysis of detection methods, design and construct testbed systems, and conduct experiments in the laboratory and in the field. Additional responsibilities will include helping to set research directions and helping to develop new programs. This position will require occasional travel to field locations.

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

EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: The candidate must have an extensive background in chemistry and instrumental analysis, as well as hands-on experience in designing, building, and testing complex laboratory apparatus. The demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively is required, as are the abilities to write cogent proposals, and to prepare lucid technical reports and presentations. 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 analysis methods: mass spectrometry, atmospheric-pressure ionization methods (APCI, ESI, IMS, or uDMS), or laser-based spectroscopy. Experience or familiarity with microfabrication techniques and/or E-M modeling is a plus. The candidate will be expected to operate effectively in a multidisciplinary environment; therefore, the ability to communicate and interface with scientists from other disciplines is highly desirable.

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory, headquartered in Lexington, MA, is a U.S. Department of Defense research and development center chartered to apply...