Technical Associate I, Tsai Lab

Massachusetts, United States
03 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Functional Area: Research - Scientific
Department: Picower Institute for Learning & Memory
School Area: Science
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No 

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 ASSOCIATEPicower Institute for Learning and Memory-Tsai Lab, to assist with creation, maintenance, and experimentation using human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and with manipulating these cells utilizing CRISPR-Cas9 technology. Will work with several researchers to create differentiated neural cell types such as neural progenitor cells and mature neurons, as well as complex 3D co-culture systems, from iPSCs and ESCs. Much time will be spent on the maintenance of cell lines, including media changes, subculturing/splitting, transference of cell colonies, and basic microscopy. Duties will include creating specialized media formulation and maintaining an inventory of stem cell reagents and stock chemicals; preparing specialized culturing surfaces and maintaining a well-organized inventory of cell lines stored in liquid nitrogen; and routine stem cell core maintenance.  

This position would be ideal for a highly motivated individual who is excited about working in the cutting-edge field of human stem cell models of disease. The Tsai Lab is committed to intellectual development and career progression of all lab members. The scope, complexity, and independence of participation in research projects will be commensurate with experience. As skills are developed, the position will involve increasing participation in scientific research.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED bachelor’s degree in biology, neuroscience, or related field; At least one year of cell culture experience; Excellent sterile technique; meticulous attention to detail; flexibility; ability to implement and evaluate novel technical approaches as new protocols are constantly being published for the creation of neural cells from human stem cells; self-motivation; strong organizational skills; and comfort working independently and in a team-oriented environment. Experience in epifluorescent and confocal microscopy would be an advantage. Job #16982

The expected start date is between April and May 2019. 

Should be available to make a minimum two-year commitment.  


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