Kilachand Postdoctoral Fellow, Multicellular Design Program

Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Salary range commensurate with research experience and accomplishments
October 05 2020
Kilachand Fellow
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

At the Biological Design Center at Boston University, we are working to build an interactive and collaborative environment across disciplines in the newly funded Multicellular Design Program. The mission of this Program, which is funded through the Rajen Kilachand Fund, is to understand the underlying design, assembly, and control principles governing multicellular systems, and to take advantage of these principles for the development of new technologies and therapies. 

Although the research community has developed a deep understanding of cells, their inner workings, and how they function as individuals, in nature, cells function as multicellular systems - operating in coordinated communities with emergent properties that are not present in isolated cells. Exploiting its unique combination of strengths in Synthetic Biology, Microbial Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Data Science, and Biophysics, Boston University is uniquely poised to address this major gap by establishing a new Multicellular Design Program. The Multicellular Design Program will establish a physical and organizational infrastructure that stewards a self-sustaining, vibrant community of Boston University scientists to pioneer this critical new field. Specifically, the MDP will provide 1) a platform for scientists across Boston University to bring to bear their expertises from computing, physics, mathematics, engineering, biology, and medicine into a major integrated effort to understand the design principles of multicellular systems, 2) a rich training ground for students and fellows at these interfaces, and 3) a new science that researchers across the globe can participate in. This program will shepherd in a new era in engineering biology with major societal impacts and demonstrate these impacts through creating synthetic multicellular communities for the rational design of smart medical therapies.

Kilachand Fellows will form the foundation of our interdisciplinary community and will help catalyze new directions in our science. Fellows will play a key role in integrating strengths of BU in new ways, combining theory, data sciences, synthetic biology, microbiology, immunology, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine, amongst others. Fellows are expected to be active participants in future Multicellular Design Program seminars and workshops, and will have the opportunity to help shape this emerging field and its foundations here at Boston University. 


  • Candidates with a PhD in biology, biomedical engineering, computational biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, or related fields qualify to apply. MD-PhDs are also welcome to apply. 
  • Applicants must have substantial track records of demonstrated productivity, success, and leadership. 


  • Strong quantitative analysis skills 
  • Knowledge of challenges and opportunities in the multicellular design research space
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills

Additional Information: 

Appointment will be for one year, with option for competitive renewal. Fellows should identify a primary mentor and co-mentor from the MDP faculty, and secure a commitment from faculty  to mentor the fellow for the Fellowship period.. BU offers competitive salary and excellent benefits to its community of postdoctoral researchers. For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at BU, visit 

Special Instructions:

Please submit the following materials by October 23, 2020:  

  1. A current curriculum vitae, which includes names and contact information of your three references to our submission portal.
  2. A two-page proposal including Significance, Aims, and Approach sections to our submission portal. 
  3. Letters of Reference from each of you three references (i.e. three letters) must be submitted through the separate Letters Portal by the deadline.
  4. Letter(s) of Support from the Mentor and Co-Mentor you have identified at the MDP at BU, which must be emailed to the program administrator at by the application deadline.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are 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 characteristic protected by law.

Maximum number of references required: 3

Maximum number of references allowed: 3

Contact: Biological Design Center, Boston University

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