Research Support Associate 1, Halassa Lab

Massachusetts, United States
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 25 January 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
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.

RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE 1, Brain and Cognitive Sciences-Halassa Lab (2 openings), to support independent basic science experimentation in a laboratory under the mentorship of one or more senior scientists. Responsibilities include building multielectrode arrays for implant and acquisition of electrical signals from animals; fabrication of operant boxes for training different animals; preparing stock solutions, various dilutions, and aliquot viruses; assisting with maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies and parts; aiding with organizing and maintaining a clean laboratory/workspace; sterilizing tools/supplies/equipment needed for surgeries; performing pre-processing and analysis of neural data; maintaining data storage and organization of back-up servers; maintaining 3D printers (MakerBot, Formlabs); participating in the accumulation of data for grant proposals, annual grant reports, and manuscripts (which may result in articles for publication); developing knowledge of applicable skills needed for project advancement; communicating/documenting progress and results; collaborating with fellow lab members; and performing additional support duties as assigned.  May work on 3D print designs using SolidWorks, SketchUp or similar.  Some animal behavior training may be required. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  high school diploma or its equivalent, understanding of research and the work of research labs, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, data management skills, attention to detail, excellent interpersonal and communication skills for representing the work area and the larger MIT community, and basic MATLAB skills. May be required to exert a light-to-medium amount of force to move objects weighing ten to twenty pounds.  

PREFERRED:  B.S./B.A. in biomedical or physical sciences; specialized lab experience, which may include experience gained as an undergraduate; experience working in a research/neuroscience laboratory; knowledge of coding languages (C++ and Python); and experience with Arduino, LabView, and Tucker Davis Technology (TDT) systems.  Job #19109-3

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension.