Technical Associate I, Wilson Lab

Cambridge, Massachusetts
14 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Aug 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.
TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, to perform electrophysiological and optogenetic experiments with rodents and assist with data collection and data analysis using MATLAB and Excel. The goal of this project is to quantify and better understand the effects of pharmacological agents on the activity of individual neurons in several regions of the rodent brain. This project is part of a broader, highly collaborative project on the effect of sleep-promoting drugs on learning and memory in humans and animals. Major duties and responsibilities will include building multi-electrode and optogenetic devices, which requires working with electronic circuits and components; performing rodent surgery; recording electrical activity in awake behaving rodents; and performing optogenetic and pharmacological manipulations and histological and data analysis.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: a B.S. in biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, cognitive science, or related field; at least one year of lab experience outside of the classroom; previous coursework and experience in biology and neuroscience; strong analytical, technical, organizational, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills; proficiency with MATLAB or Python and Microsoft Office; self-motivation; attention to detail; and comfort working both independently and as part of a team. Job #17585
This is a one year appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent upon funding.