Research Technician, Sculpting Evolution - Architecture & Planning

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
11 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2020
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
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.

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN, Media Lab-Sculpting Evolution, to work on a variety of collaborative projects in the Media Lab’s Sculpting Evolution research group and provide support for the laboratory as a whole.  Will assist with projects aiming to improve cellular incorporation of non-canonical amino acids to generate better therapeutics, understand the evolutionary dynamics of gene drive systems by studying their activity in nematode worms, preventing Lyme disease by immunizing the white-footed mice responsible for infecting most ticks, and developing non-drive genetic population suppression mechanisms for rodents.  Primary responsibilities will include standard molecular biology tasks such as cloning DNA constructs, nematode worm experimentation and strain maintenance, mammalian tissue culture, and laboratory upkeep.  Specific duties will include conducting tests and experiments in bacteria, worms, and/or tissue cultures; collecting and analyzing data; recording experimental methods; operating and maintaining computer and lab equipment; maintaining laboratory supplies and stocks; submitting reports; and making recommendations to solve problems.  Will also be expected to participate in molecular cloning for all projects in the lab and/or focus on nematode husbandry. Depending on background, may occasionally provide technical training to students and other staff and be involved in manuscript preparation.  May also construct and test gene drive systems using appropriate multilevel confinement. Some projects may be transitioned into live mice.

A full description is available at

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  high school diploma and extensive familiarity with molecular biology and microbiology experiments.  PREFERRED:  B.A./B.S. in related field; technical training from a biotechnology certificate program; and experience with Python, nematode husbandry/microinjection, and working with mammalian tissue culture and CRISPR genome editing.  Job #18939-4

This is a one-year position with possibility of extension based upon funding and direction and progress of the research. 


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