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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technical Associate I, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Technical Associate I, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Job Number: 24127

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: Mechanical Engineering

  • School Area: Engineering

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Job Description

TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE I, Mechanical Engineering (MechE)-Traverso Lab, to join a multidisciplinary group that supports initiatives focused on developing clinically-relevant solutions to gastrointestinal and vaginal probiotic delivery systems. Responsibilities will include assisting and learning current protocols for high throughput screening, DNA isolation for sequencing, lyophilization, and excipient/formulation characterization; culturing aerobic and anaerobic bacteria; tracking laboratory safety protocols and chemical waste disposal; ensuring, maintaining, updating, and organizing stock of agar plates, liquid culture media, frozen bacterial stocks and supply of compound plates; maintaining, updating, and cataloging chemical inventory; ordering materials; and laboratory upkeep. May train and coordinate the work of student employees and/or temporary staff and communicate, interpret, and provide training on lab policies.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biology, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, microbiology or pharmacology/toxicology; at least two years of experience in a molecular biology or biochemistry lab (may include co-op and internship experience); proficiency with pipetting, serial dilutions, and aseptic technique; experience with DNA isolation, plasmid cloning, and DNA sequencing; experience both designing and conducting PCR; experience with bacterial and mammalian cell culturing; and ability to follow safety procedures and maintain a safe work environment. PREFERRED: experience working with liquid handling robots or high throughput screening experiments; knowledge of and experience with culturing in an anaerobic chamber on lyophilization, pharmaceutical formulation development, and formulations characterizations; experience with programming languages such as Python; experience working independently or jointly; willingness to learn and apply new tools and techniques; experience documenting, summarizing, and reporting results to interdisciplinary researchers; and a commitment to producing accurate and high-quality work. Job #24127 Salary range: $53,000 - 55,000 This a one-year position with the possibility of extension depending upon funding and performance. 6/11/24