Technical Associate I, Love Lab

Massachusetts, United States
03 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Jan 2019
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 IKoch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research-Love Lab, to enable and execute experiments focused on microbial strain development.  Will apply working knowledge of current techniques in synthetic and molecular biology. Duties will include molecular cloning for plasmid construction, production of competent cells and subsequent electroporation for strain creation, strain characterization by RT-PCR and next generation sequencing, shake flask cultivation of yeast for strain assessment, protein quantification and characterization following cultivation (including SDS-PAGE, Western blot, ELISA), and the implementation and maintenance of standard operating procedures and data records related to this research. Will be part of a larger initiative developing an integrated platform to manufacture therapeutic recombinant proteins using a microbial host. 

The position offers an opportunity to make visible and recognized contributions to scientific research and cross-train in new technical areas. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: B.S./M.S. in relevant scientific field (engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology); two years’ specialized lab experience, which may include experience gained as an undergraduate;  industrial/academic laboratory experience; experience with primer design, molecular cloning, and synthetic biology tools; background using protein analytical techniques (e.g., SDS-PAGE, Western blot, dot blot, ELISA); meticulous attention to detail; self-motivation; excellent analytical, organizational,  interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills; commitment to producing accurate and reproducibly high-quality work; awareness of basic safety issues/procedures for maintaining a safe workplace; and a focus on continued skill building and career development.  Must be able to plan and organize multiple experiments/work assignments simultaneously, document effective protocols, work with/maintain technical instruments/equipment, work collaboratively, and liaise with investigators.  A background in microbial cultivation and sterile technique preferred, as is experience with automated liquid handling and a publication record. Job #16659


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