Technical Associate I

Massachusetts, United States
25 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Jan 2021
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 ASSOCIATEBiological Engineering, to work independently and in small teams on various projects combining genetics, molecular and cell biology, and microbiology approaches to identify and validate therapeutic targets against malaria.  Will work with postdoctoral associates performing experimental procedures and assist other lab members as instructed. Responsibilities include generating, genotyping, and maintaining transgenic parasite cell lines; carrying out quantitative cell viability assays; performing screens of moderate-sized compound collections against parasite cell lines to identify inhibitors; and analyzing quantitative data generated during viability and compound screening assays.  

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biology, bioengineering, biochemistry, molecular/cellular biology or other related life sciences field; a minimum of two years’ laboratory technician experience; experience with cellular molecular biology, sterile technique methods, mammalian/parasite cell culture, cell transfection, genomic DNA/RNA isolation, and PCR and DNA sequencing methods (Sanger and/or Next Generation); ability to maintain up-to-date process workflows and accurate inventories of materials created; basic computer skills; and excellent organizational, planning, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills; self-motivation; and detail-orientation. Must be able to maintain detailed and legible notebooks and electronic records; integrate feedback and requests from team members into streamlined, efficient, and productive workflows; work both independently and as part of a team; follow complex instructions with attention to detail and accuracy; plan and troubleshoot experiments independently; multitask; carefully document work in written records; and function effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic research environment.  Experience maintaining, generating, and/or cloning P. falciparum cell lines a plus; as is experience with Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro, and GraphPad Prism. The work may involve exposure to chemicals.

May work some nights and weekends.  

A minimum one-year commitment is required. 

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. 

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.