Technical Associate I
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 1, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), to join a group investigating host-virus pathogenesis and the development of rapid antigen diagnostic devices to detect dangerous viruses. Will perform independent laboratory research experiments, including amplifying and validating human viruses and using them to experimentally explore host-pathogen interactions; conduct standard (gel electrophoresis and thermal cycling quantification of nucleic acids using polymerase chain reaction technology) and specialized (handling (amplifying) pathogenic human viruses at a BSL3 containment level while ensuring the safety of all laboratory members) laboratory techniques; collect data from experiments, improve protocols, and analyze data using statistical software; present data analysis at lab meetings; maintain inventories of common laboratory supplies and catalog multiple strains of human viruses; ensure safety standards/procedures are followed, prepare lab for inspections, and correct problems; ensure biohazard waste disposal occurs following policies/procedures; assess equipment needs and schedule maintenance/repairs, including ensuring that equipment in the BSL3 facility is functional and monitoring the liquid Nitrogen storage tank, CO2 tanks, and picopure water system; troubleshoot and make recommendations regarding equipment issues; maintain equipment service contracts/records; research/recommend specialized equipment purchases; and perform other duties as needed.
REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree in a biology-, chemistry-, or bioengineering-related field; at least two years’ experience with basic laboratory techniques, including sterile technique and cell culture; excellent communication, organizational, and critical thinking skills; ability to respond to a rapidly evolving work environment involving concurrent projects and responsibilities and to work independently and as a team member; attention to detail; self-direction; and willingness to learn.
PREFERRED: previous virus work and a virology background; and laboratory experience in mammalian cell culture, RT-qPCR, microscopy, and flow cytometry. Job #19025
This is a one year appointment with possibility of renewal contingent upon grant funding.