GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
A fantastic environment to develop as a scientist at the cutting edge of genetics and mitochondrial biology.
The Ruvkun Laboratory at MGH/Harvard and the Mootha Laboratory at MGH/Harvard/Broad/HHMI are seeking a passionate and creative LABORATORY TECHNICIAN to work at the interface of C. elegans genetics and mitochondrial biology. Our laboratories combine the latest tools of genetics, metabolism, and biochemical physiology to systematically investigate mitochondria - key organelles in our body that are crucial for energy metabolism and linked to rare diseases, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, and normal aging.
The laboratory technician will work closely with a Postdoctoral Fellow investigating genetic and environmental suppressors of mitochondrial disease in the roundworm C. elegans. This is a rare opportunity to be a part of a dynamic and cutting-edge research team with ample opportunity for co-authorship on important publications. Ideal for a recent graduate who wants to spend 2 years gaining research experience prior to graduate or medical school.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Please note, the functions below are representative of major duties that are typically associated with these positions. Specific responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Similarly, not all duties that have been outlined will be assigned to each position.
- Prepares basic solutions and performs base-level procedures as assigned (i.e. - pipetting, cell and tissue culture, etc.)
- Common techniques performed in the lab include: PCR, Western Blot, molecular cloning
- Maintains laboratory notebook
- Understands and applies basic scientific techniques
- Conducts analysis of results and may begin interpretation of results
- Sets up and prepares routine experiments as directed
- Prepares lab reagents, chemicals, instruments and equipment
- May perform independent literature searches
- Assists with organizing materials for publication or presentation
- Maintains and orders supplies
A Research Technician II performs the duties of a Research Technician I (above) and may also:
- Execute protocols of non-routine experiments
- Assist the PI(s) with determining the most suitable methodology
- Perform basic design and modification of protocols
- Calculate, transcribe and analyze data
- Prepare and present reports
- Organize and summarize acquired data, using scientific and statistical techniques.
- Organize and/or draft material for the preparation of research papers, manuscripts and other documents for publication and/or presentation.
- Participate in the design of experiments or field work.
- Ability to work independently and as a team member
- Good communication skills
- Computer literacy
- Ability to perform multiple tasks independently
The Research Technician II should also possess:
- Analytical skills and the ability to resolve technical problems
- Ability to interpret acceptability of data results
- Working knowledge of data management programs
- Demonstrated competence in research techniques and methodologies
- BS/BA required in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field
- New graduates with some lab experience (via course work, internships, etc.) or those without any prior research experience will be considered for the Research Technician I position outlined above.
- Those with a minimum of 1 year of directly related work experience will be considered for a Research Technician II position.
About Massachusetts General Hospital - Department of Molecular Biology
- A Research Technician II may serve as a team leader to lab assistants and Research Technician I's.
The Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital is a part of both the research community of the hospital and the Division of Medical Sciences of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Members of the Department carry out basic genetic and molecular biological research on a variety of topics at the cutting edge of the discipline. At present, approximately 170 people, including 13 faculty and over 85 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students comprise the Department of Molecular Biology. The Department is a major component of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. All Molecular Biology faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students have concurrent appointments at Harvard, mostly in HMS Genetics.
Massachusetts General Hospital has a long-standing relationship with Harvard Medical School. MGH was the first teaching hospital associated with the medical school, and continues to play a major role in the clinical and research training of medical students, residents and fellows. The location of the Department of Molecular Biology at MGH reflects the belief that basic biological science and medical research will both benefit from close interaction.EEO Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.
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