Technical Associate I

Massachusetts, United States
18 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Biological Engineering-Synthetic Biology Center (SBC), to join the lab of Professor Ron Weiss as part of an NIH and DARPA-funded academic team that aims to develop DNA- and RNA-based circuitries for precision control of protein expression to guide mammalian cell fate decisions. Research areas supported include programmable organoids, synthetic-biology-inspired machine learning, development of liver and pancreas oganoids for drug screening and therapy, and novel vaccines. 

Will work with basic aseptic molecular and cellular biology and mammalian cell culture techniques; carefully document work and results of all laboratory work; aid in the production and validation of large numbers of DNA and RNA cellular reprogramming genetic devices and high throughput organoid screening; prepare biweekly progress reports with detailed analysis of experimental results, issues, updates, and future plans; and maintain confidentiality and security of project information. Laboratory work includes molecular cloning, mammalian and organoid cell culture, transfection, immunofluorescent staining, flow cytometry, microscopic image acquisition, and data preparation.

Job Requirements

REQUIREDbachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in biology, bioengineering, biochemistry or other relevant scientific field; at least two year’s laboratory technician experience; experience in basic aseptic molecular and cellular biology and mammalian cell culture technique; experience in basic chemistry/biology lab techniques; laboratory experience with basic experimental procedures; excellent organizational, planning, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills; self-motivation; detail-orientation; and ability to work both independently and as part of a team, follow complex instructions, plan and troubleshoot experiments independently, multitask, carefully document work in written records, and work in a fast-paced and dynamic research environment. Experience with RNA handling and transfection desirable.

Some night and weekend work may be 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.