Technical Associate

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
24 May 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type

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 I, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), to join a three-laboratory team developing novel two-dimensional and three-dimensional models for human infectious diseases. Will perform laboratory research experiments including amplifying and validating human viruses and using the viruses to experimentally explore host-pathogen interactions; conduct standard and specialized laboratory techniques; collect data from experiments, improve protocols, and analyze data using statistical software; present data analysis to other lab members; coordinate multiple research-related projects; act as key contact in a three-laboratories and coordinate the availability of key reagents used in experiments; maintain inventories of common laboratory supplies and catalog multiple strains of human viruses; ensure safety standards and procedures are followed; prepare lab for inspections; ensure biohazard waste disposal occurs following policies and procedures; onboard new staff and provide training in the use of cell culture facilities, liquid nitrogen storage, blood borne pathogens safety, and equipment usage; assess equipment need, schedule maintenance/repairs, and ensure that the equipment in the BSL3 facility is functional; monitor the liquid Nitrogen storage tank, CO2 tanks, and the Pico pure water system; troubleshoot equipment issues; maintains service contract records; and research and recommend purchase of specialized equipment.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: B.S. in biology, chemistry, bioengineering, or related field; at least two years’ experimental laboratory experience including undergraduate work; experience with sterile technique and cell culture; excellent communication and critical thinking skills; attention to detail; self-motivation; and ability to handle concurrent projects/responsibilities, work independently and as a team member, and respond to a rapidly evolving work environment. Laboratory experience in mammalian cell culture, RT-qPCR, microscopy, and flow cytometry preferred; as is prior virus work and a virology background. Job #17503
This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent upon grant funding.