Technical Associate/Lab Manager

Massachusetts, United States
Tuesday, 9 June 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 9 August 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE/LAB MANAGER, Biological Engineering, to manage the day-to-day operations of two research laboratories consisting of twelve graduate students and thirteen postdoctoral researchers. Duties will include inventory management, ordering consumables, and overseeing lab ordering systems to ensure spending is compliant with budget guidelines/constraints; managing lab hazardous waste streams and interactions with Environmental Health and Safety Office, including preparing for lab inspections and updating and maintaining the biological registration and lab safety plan; providing personal safety training for lab members; and onboarding, training, and mentoring new staff.  Will also be responsible for general instrumentation/equipment functionality, assessing equipment needs, scheduling maintenance/repairs, and maintaining policies/procedures for equipment maintenance; overseeing basic operation of the laboratory cell bank, including protocols for verification of cell identity; acting as a point of contact for cross-functional groups, sites, and outside collaborations and vendors and/or transfer of materials and information; contributing to continuous improvement initiatives/procedures to increase the operational efficiency of the laboratory, including rearranging equipment and bench assignments and ensuring protocols are updated and shared; managing liquid nitrogen storage tanks; and updating email lists and assisting with other tasks as needed.  

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in chemistry, biology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, or related technical discipline; at least four years’ relevant experience in a research/development laboratory, including three as a lab manager or biology lab research technician; excellent interpersonal, leadership, managerial, organization, record-keeping, problem-solving, and verbal and written communication skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively; proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Google Drive documents; and attention to detail.  Experience with cell culture, biomolecular analysis, ELISAs, and RNA prep preferred.  Job #18746

Must be able to work occasional nights and weekends, including to respond to laboratory emergencies. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.