Open Positions

The Brandeis MRSEC currently has two open positions:

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Brandeis University Biological Materials Lab Director

To apply: please go to Careers and search for Biological Materials Lab Director

The Brandeis University Bioinspired Soft Matter Materials Research Science and Engineering Center seeks to uncover the fundamental design principles underlying remarkable biological functions, and to use this knowledge to create a new generation of materials that are endowed with properties heretofore found only in living organisms.  Its research program straddles the interface between biology and materials science.  Starting from a few well-characterized building blocks of biochemical origin, the Center builds structures of increasing complexity to determine the components required for the emergence of the desired biological functionality.

The Center is seeking an experienced biologist to manage its Biological Materials Facility, a 500-sq.ft. laboratory including a cold room, liquid chromatography and preparative centrifugation equipment, multi-angle goniometric dynamic and static light scattering system, and a state of the art 1.9-liter bioreactor.  Responsibilities of the Director include acquisition of shared equipment and oversight of access and use of Facility resources for the production, use, and international distribution of cytoskeletal filaments and motor proteins, filamentous bacteriophages, and DNA origami scaffolds used in the Center's study of biologically-inspired self-assembling colloids and active liquid crystals.  You will review or design bioprocess and protein purification protocols to scale to meet the increasing demands of the Brandeis Center and collaborators worldwide.  You will make arrangements for access to specialized equipment located in other departments at Brandeis such as electron microscopes, analytical ultracentrifuges, and circular dichroism spectrometers.  You will train Facility users, mostly non-biologists, including teaching appropriate basic biology to enable students to achieve independence.  You will meet regularly with member faculty from multiple departments to identify opportunities to advance the Center’s mission.

Brandeis MRSEC Computational Physics Fellowship to study active matter

A postdoctoral fellow position to study active matter as part of the Brandeis MRSEC is currently available.  The postdoc will work with the groups of Michael Hagan and Aparna Baskaran, in close collaboration with the experimental groups in the department to understand the striking phenomena and dramatic new physical behaviors observed in far-from-equilibrium materials such as mixtures of microtubules, motor proteins, and ATP. There will also be ample opportunities to interact with other experimental and theoretical soft matter and biophysics labs at Brandeis. The ideal candidate would have experience in performing large-scale simulations on either particle based models, continuum models or hybrid models, an interest in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, and a PhD in condensed matter physics, biophysics, theoretical or computational chemistry, or a related field.

To apply, please send a CV, a brief summary of your research accomplishments, and a brief statement of your research interests to