Research Support Associate, Chen Lab

Massachusetts, United States
20 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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.

RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATEKoch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research-Chen Lab, to provide support to a fast-paced and exciting research program in immunology and cancer biology. Responsibilities include maintaining mouse colonies and laboratory equipment, assisting with maintaining efficient laboratory operations, providing basic laboratory support for researchers and their projects, conducting basic lab experiments, and assisting with prep work for experiments. Other responsibilities include preparing and submitting animal protocols; collecting and processing lab samples or research data; routine literature searches; updating lab calendar, directories, and mailing lists; maintaining vendor relationships and equipment service contracts/records; scheduling equipment maintenance/repairs; serving as a resource to lab personnel; assisting with maintaining lab inventory; updating databases; and following safety standards/procedures, ensuring safe disposal of biohazard waste, maintaining safety records, and interfacing with MIT environmental health and safety personnel. The position provides an opportunity to strengthen your molecular and cell biology, immunology, and cancer immunotherapy experience and increase your knowledge of working with experimental animals.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; basic knowledge of general laboratory practices/procedures; willingness to work with animals; experience working in a team-oriented environment with people of diverse backgrounds; comfort summarizing and reporting results to researchers; self-motivation; excellent time-management, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; commitment to exceeding quality standards, providing exceptional services, and producing accurate and high quality work; meticulous attention to detail; practiced documentation skills; and awareness of basic safety issues and ability to follow safety procedures and maintain a safe work environment. Bachelor’s degree, research experience in biological sciences, exposure to a research lab, and experience in the ethical and humane use of animals in laboratory research preferred. Job #16774-4

This is a one-year, term-limit position based on continued available funding.


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