Translational Imaging Core Technician | MGH Cancer Center
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 3239363-3499_1685204909
GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Translational Research Imaging Core is a group dedicated to facilitating world class cancer research using cutting-edge tissue staining and quantitative digital image analysis. We are a part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and the newly formed Tumor Cartography Center. We are focused on combining the latest advances in protein and RNA biomarker staining with quantitative digital microscopy analytics to understand cancer biology.
As a critical member of the team, the candidate will assist in development of biomarker staining panels, staining and imaging of biological specimens, and downstream computational image analysis using high-end commercial analysis software and computational languages such as R or Python. These skills can be learned on the job. The technician will be closely supervised by the core facility director but will have the opportunity to perform self-directed work by contributing to hypothesis generation, experimental design, and data interpretation. The technician will also be responsible for making figures for manuscripts and drafting summary reports. Key contribution to projects has the potential to lead to authorship in scientific publications and presentations.
We are seeking an applicant who is highly motivated, exceptionally organized, detail-oriented, and willing to learn. The candidate will have strong analytic and problem-solving skills required to troubleshoot experimental issues. We employ a team-based interdisciplinary approach, working with researchers from diverse backgrounds. As such, the candidate must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others.
This is an ideal position for individuals who are interested in working at the interface of research and clinical medicine. This full-time position has potential for growth.
ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL - TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH IMAGING CORE:
We develop and optimize scalable next generation imaging and staining methods for both basic science and translational cancer research.
We are a part of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Pathology and work closely with other researchers at outside institutions such as the Broad Institute. Our goal is to enhance cancer research utilizing the latest high-plex staining and advanced imaging techniques coupled with state-of-the-art image quantification tools. We have extensive experience with standard IHC and fluorescence stains as well as more complex spatial profiling of multiplex protein and RNA assays on tissue and liquid biopsy specimens. Project-specific image analysis tools are created using sophisticated commercial software and custom in-house software. We provide a range of resources from targeted training for user-facilitated research to more involved collaborative efforts.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Prepares basic solutions and performs base-level procedures as assigned (i.e. - pipetting, cell and tissue culture, etc.)
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
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
Working knowledge of clinical research protocols
Ability to perform multiple tasks independently
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
Bachelor's degree required.
Preferred Majors: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Agriculture & Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Statistics, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, Genetics, Epidemiology, Biology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Data Science, User Experience/Social Computing, Software Design, Data Mining, Information Systems Management, Computer Science, Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications, and Computer Programming majors.
0-1 years of relevant experience in a professional laboratory setting.
EEO Statement Massachusetts General Hospital is an Affirmative Action Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law. We will ensure that all individuals with a disability are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Partner's Healthcare is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
MGH Institute of Health Professions, founded by Massachusetts General Hospital in 1977, is an innovative and independent graduate school in Boston that is a member of Partners HealthCare. A progressive leader in developing comprehensive models of health care education, the MGH Institute prepares advanced practice professionals in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and communication sciences and disorders through a distinctive combination of academic study, clinical practice, and research. More than 1,200 students are enrolled in graduate level and certificate programs, with an increasing number of courses available online. The Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).