Senior Research Support Associate, Molecular Biology of Ocean Microbes

Massachusetts, United States
06 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
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 (MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF OCEAN MICROBES), Civil and Environmental Engineering, to join a multidisciplinary group studying the molecular ecology of the marine microorganism Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic cell on the planet. The research team specializes in studying this microbe from the genome level to whole ocean scales, using integrative systems biology approaches. Responsibilities will include maintaining bacterial cultures and lab equipment, the ordering of lab consumables, running and analyzing flow cytometry samples, developing a genetic system for Prochlorococcus using molecular tools and techniques, and performing general upkeep and organization of the lab. The research will focus on using molecular tools and techniques for developing a genetic system for Prochlorococcus, but there will be opportunities to work on multiple projects and subjects.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: one year of bench research experience; demonstrated ability to independently and efficiently execute, analyze, and troubleshoot experiments; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong organizational and critical thinking skills; self-motivation; ability to multitask, work with others, and maintain confidentiality. A B.S. in biology or related science field and experience with microbial culturing, molecular biological techniques, and flow cytometers preferred. Some night and weekend work may be required.  Job #16720-5

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


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