Technical Associate

Massachusetts, United States
02 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Oct 2019
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.

TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE II, Biological Engineering, to join the laboratory of Dr. Linda Griffith.  A current major focus of the lab is building human “organs on chips” with an emphasis on the tumor-immune microenvironment, liver, gut/microbiome, and other mucosal barriers, including the human female reproductive tract.  Responsibilities include providing technical support to a diverse team of students and postdocs who are developing 3D tissue models employing a novel class of hydrogel materials; learning existing protocols and becoming proficient with deploying them; leading development of new protocols, especially for pilot experiments with new collaborators and tissue systems; maintaining the reagents required to synthesize the hydrogels, including peptides, macromers, and some enzyme substrates; characterizing reagents and gels using standard polymer science methods, including NMR, rheological and absorbance, and fluorescence-based assays; planning the workflow; and carrying out some cell culture and training other scientists in use of the materials. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, bioengineering, or related technical discipline; four years’ relevant experience in a research/development laboratory and at least one year in polymer materials synthesis and characterization; knowledge of peptide biochemistry and peptide physical chemistry; knowledge of chemical analytical methods, e.g., NMR, IR, rheology, fluorescence assays, or titration; familiarity with peptide synthesis and basic biology laboratory methods, including aseptic technique, cell culture, microscopy, ELISAs, rheometers, spectrophotometers, and other standard analytical equipment; detail orientation; excellent record-keeping, organizational, time-management, planning, problem-solving, writing, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to work collaboratively, perform independent research, negotiate, multitask, and take initiative in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment; and proficiency with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Organic synthetic chemistry skills desirable. Job #17814

Experimental protocols may require occasional weekend hours. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.