We are actively seeking to add people to our team, including graduate students, postdocs, physicians, research scientists (experimental and computational), technicians, and undergraduates. No particular expertise is required– we are building a diverse team to address difficult questions with implications for both basic science and medical practice.
We are seeking postdocs for several specific projects, and those who wish to work on a project of their design. No particular background is necessary; the Lieberman Lab is a good place for those with either experimental or computational backgrounds. Available projects include, but are not limited to: (1) whole-genome study of on-person adaptation of skin commensals; (2) population geneticists of rapid environmental switching; and (3) commensal-immune interactions from a systems biology perspective. Please indicate your research interests (broad brush OK) and attach a CV and manuscript (preprint is fine) when getting in touch.
Graduate students not currently enrolled in a PhD program should apply to one of the many relevant PhD programs at MIT, which include Computational and Systems Biology, Microbiology, and Health Sciences and Technology. We are also affiliated with Harvard’s Biophysics PhD program. Prospective students interested in MIT’s Civil and Environmental Engineering (Ecology and Evolution track) PhD program should contact me after submitting their application materials.
I do not interact with graduate students before the formal application process, out of a desire to impart more fairness to the system. In lieu of this, please accept these tips for applying to PhD programs: Recommendation letters and your personal statement are very important. For recommendation letters, pick the most credentialed individuals you know who can also speak in specifics about your accomplishments and potential. Start thinking about your personal statement early, and focus on what gets you jazzed up about doing science. When I’m reading personal statements, conceptual ideas catch my eye much more than “I want to save lives” or “I have always loved being in nature”, but each reader is different. Grades matter a lot more for some PhD programs than others. If you are interested in working in my lab and have excellent research experience and less-excellent grades, get in touch and I may quickly respond with a recommended program.