We currently have an opening for a Research Technician to join the laboratory of Dr. Michael Laub in the Biology Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Working in bacteria, Laub and his team seek to understand the coevolution of bacteria and their viral predators, or bacteriophages. They aim to elucidate the role of toxin-antitoxin systems and other phage defense elements in providing some bacteria with immunity to phages. Thier work involves both the identification and molecular characterization of these phage defense systems. Additional information about their research can be found on their website.
This position provides an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual to continue their scientific learning and development among a team of world-class scientists, working with a small cohort of researchers in support of their experiments. We are ideally targeting candidates looking to stay within the lab at least 2-3 years before moving on, so this is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to gain experience before continuing on to graduate or medical school.
- Work with postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other lab members on research projects, including employing the following techniques:
- Growth and maintenance of bacterial cultures and phage stocks
- Standard molecular biology techniques, including cloning, electrophoresis, PCR, RNA extraction, quantitative RT-PCR, and preparation of RNA libraries for next-generation sequencing (RNA-seq), Western blotting, and microscopy
- Prepare general lab stocks
- Assist with ordering and general lab inventory maintenance
- Help with environmental health and safety requirements within the lab, to include coordination of lab inspections
- Maintain well-organized experimental records
- Participate in group meetings
- Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or related field, or equivalent experience
- Prior hands-on experience working in a research lab
- Familiarity with some of the techniques listed under Principal Responsibilities
- Excellent analytical, communication, problem solving, and organizational skills
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member
- Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction, and to use experience to perform a variety of new techniques
Please attach CV/resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references. Include in the cover letter:
1) How a laboratory position in the Laub lab will contribute to your overall career goals
2) Prior research experience and your level of familiarity with standard laboratory techniques.
HHMI is an equal opportunity employer.
Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.
This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.