Senior Research Support Associate, Sharp Lab

Massachusetts, United States
08 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
08 Jan 2019
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.

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE-COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGYKoch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research-Sharp Lab, to participate in computational analyses of transcription regulation data sets, providing basic technical support for researchers and their projects and assisting with research experiments. The overall goal of this project is to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms for differential response of pancreatic cancer to immune checkpoint inhibitors at the single-cell level.  Will work under the supervision of a postdoctoral mentor and be involved in developing, maintaining, and executing computational pipelines to analyze genome-wide transcriptional data from cell populations and single-cells. Responsibilities include performing data input, basic statistical analysis, and lab support functions; conducting basic experiments under supervision; assisting with some prep work for experiments; collecting and processing research data; updating/maintaining data in laboratory databases; generating standardized reports; using web software to input, update and maintain web content; performing routine literature searches; and basic coding.  

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; strong interest in cancer biology and a desire to work in developing novel approaches to solve difficult scientific problems; proficiency in at least one modern programming language (Python preferred); scientific programming experience in R for statistical computing and graphics; ability to develop code in a Linux environment; excellent problem-solving, organization, and collaborative skills; ability to work independently; self-motivation; and a commitment to contributing to computational research in biological sciences.  B.S. in a computational discipline (computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, or in biology and strong quantitative skills/coursework) strongly preferred. Coursework in statistics/data sciences highly desired.  Exposure to a research lab, bench skills, and familiarity with sequencing technologies (NGS) also preferred. Job #16704-5

This is a one-year, term position with the possibility of an extension contingent upon available work and funding.


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