Positions

If you might be interested in joining us, please take a look at our group guide for information about our values and my attitude toward research and mentorship.

Please note that due to the high volume of email, I may not be able to respond to every message I receive. If you don’t see a response after 1-2 weeks, please feel free to follow-up with a second message.

Interested postdocs should inquire directly at ccoley@mit.edu with a CV and a brief statement of your research interests and background. Please also mention what your professional goals are, and what you would hope to learn, specifically, while working in the group.

Graduate students should apply directly to the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering or the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (note: fee waivers are available through the Dean of Engineering). We also have had students join from the Computational Science and Engineering program and the Computational and Systems Biology program. As a general rule, I plan to recruit at least two PhD students annually; the exact projects will vary and should reflect our mutual interests and funding, but for 2023-2024, topics of particular interest include the application of machine learning techniques to synthetic chemistry in terms of multi-step synthesis planning, representation learning, and reaction discovery.

Undergraduate students looking for research opportunities for pay or credit can also email ccoley@mit.edu with their interests and any relevant coursework or research experience. Or, directly reach out to graduate students and postdocs in the group whose interests match your own.

(multiple) Postdoctoral associate, Research scientist, or Software developer to work on software to support the operation of an autonomous synthetic lab: We are looking for multiple researchers to work on developing informatics solution to plan, predict, and execute multi-step chemical syntheses. Fluency with Python is required. An understanding of cheminformatics workflows (including computer-aided synthesis planning), software development workflows involving GitHub, and basic web development are all positive factors but not essential for each researcher to have individually. At least basic familiarity with chemical synthesis and laboratory automation workflows may be helpful. Eagerness to collaborate with external researchers is important. This is expected to be a two-year project.