Senior Research Support Associate, Tsai Lab

Massachusetts, United States
01 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2020
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.

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATEPicower Institute for Learning and Memory-Tsai Lab, to assist with creation, maintenance, and experimentation using human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for COVID-19 research.  Will work closely with Tsai Lab members to create iPSCs-derived vasculature and 3D brain tissues to determine its impact by SARS-CoV-2 infection. Much time will be spent on the maintenance of cell lines, including media changes, culturing, and microscopic analysis. Duties are divided among all researchers (postdocs, graduate students, technical associates) and 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.  Will work under the direct supervision of postdocs and the manager of Picower’s iPSC Core Facility.

The position would be ideal for someone interested in working in the cutting-edge field of human stem cell and public health emergency related to COVID-19 pathogenesis. The Tsai Lab is committed to the intellectual development and career progression of all lab members. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  high school diploma; exposure to a research lab; excellent sterile technique; meticulous attention to detail; flexibility; and 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.  Seek self-motivated and highly organized individual who is comfortable working independently but can function effectively in a team-oriented environment.  

PREFERRED:  bachelor’s degree in biology, neuroscience, or related field; at least one year of cell culture experience; and experience with fluorescent and confocal microscopy.  Job #18737-4

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

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.

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