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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senior Research Support Associate, Flavell Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Senior Research Support Associate, Flavell Lab

  • Job Number: 24032

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: Picower Institute for Learning & Memory

  • School Area: Science

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Non-Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Job Description

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE, FLAVELL LAB, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, to assist with genetics, optogenetics, in vivo calcium imaging, and quantitative behavioral experiments aimed at understanding how neural circuits generate patterned activity that gives rise to complex behaviors. The research will use the model system C. elegans. Will engage in creative and innovative research rather than procedural lab tasks and contribute to overall research directions and discoveries. Characteristic duties will include conducting molecular, genetic, optogenetic, imaging, and behavioral experiments aimed at understanding how neural circuits generate complex behaviors in the nematode C. elegans; designing and performing experiments; analyzing and interpreting data, often large-scale datasets that require computational approaches; assisting with lab management and organization, equipment maintenance, and maintaining a safe work environment; and performing other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; basic familiarity with molecular biology (plasmid cloning or western blotting, etc.) and experimental design in biology and/or neuroscience; basic familiarity with coding (MATLAB, R, Julia, or Python); excellent organizational, analytical, and oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze data and present it in a format suitable for publication; self-motivation; ability to function effectively in a team-oriented environment and to balance the demands of an immersive research project with basic lab managerial tasks. PREFERRED: bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biology, psychology, computer science, systems biology, or related field; and strong quantitative and/or computing skills. Job #24032-45/13/24