We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Research Technician who will thrive in a fast-paced basic and translational mucosal immunology lab within the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center of the Department of Pediatrics at Mass General Hospital. As a member of the lab, the Technician will interact with a multidisciplinary group of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and research assistants from different backgrounds, including mucosal immunology, microbiology, gnotobiology, and metabolism. The Technician will have the opportunity to learn unique methods while working in our projects on how early life host-microbiome interactions in the intestine modulate the risk of developing disease in the neonatal period and beyond, particularly obesity. The Research Technician will work closely with the principal investigator, a neonatologist and mucosal immunologist, in performing in-vivo and in-vitro experiments at the interface of mucosal immunology, gnotobiology, and metabolism using transgenic mice and human samples. Duties require a person with experience in mouse husbandry and wet lab research.
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.
Assist the PI(s) with determining the most suitable methodology and plan experiments to address experimental questions in a cost-effective manner
Manage and track research project progress through regular communication with PI, other study staffand monitoring data analysis efforts
Maintains laboratory notebook
Maintains tissue culture, 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 chemicals, instruments and equipment
May perform independent literature searches
Assists with organizing materials for publication or presentation
Maintains and orders supplies
Execute protocols and help develop new protocols relevant to address the research questions
Transcribe and analyze data
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
Attend and/or present at internal meetings/seminars
Participate in the design of experiments or field work
Responsible for IACUC and IRB submissions, including preparation and submission of new protocol applications, annual review forms, adverse event reporting, and drafting amendments in keeping with protocol and/or staff changes.
Collaborate with PI' to gather progress report information to generate and submit reports in grant management portals
Review work of trainees, assist with training, and assume a leadership role in planning lab activities
Ensure data integrity and storage compliance
Incumbent must be able to learn many complicated, technical details over a short period of time and carry out procedures meticulously, taking action to prevent mistakes
Incumbent should be prepared to occasionally work evenings and on weekends to perform some experiments, including being on call during weekends to respond to technical problems
Incumbent should be able to show initiative & confidence in making decisions
Incumbent should not easily be discouraged by failed experiments but enjoy the challenge
Elements of project management will be required to stay on top of the many projects the lab has running in parallel
Ability to work independently and improve the quality and efficiency of one's work
Good interpersonal and communication skills
A sound degree of computer literacy & willingness to advance computational skills independently
Ability to perform multiple tasks independently, manage their time well and adapt to changing priorities
Ability to work well on a team and enlist others' support in achieving objectives
Incumbent *must* be comfortable with mouse work
Knowledge of immunology
Analytical skills and the ability to resolve technical problems
Ability to interpret acceptability of data results
Demonstrated competence in research techniques and methodologies
Bachelor's degree required.
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 position outlined above.
Those with a minimum of 1 year of directly related work experience will be considered for a Research Technician II position.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (if applicable):
A Research Technician II may serve as a team leader to lab assistants and Research Technician I's.
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