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Flow Cytometry Technician I

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research – Cambridge, MA

Flow Cytometry Technician I

Flow Cytometry Core Facility at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Day shift: M-F, 8:00am 4:30pm

5/2019

Whitehead Institute offers excellent benefits including a choice of health insurance options; a generous retirement plan; comprehensive dental, disability and life insurance coverage; competitive salary, substantial vacation and holiday time; and programs for tuition reimbursement, dependent care assistance, pre-tax spending accounts, and subsidized public transportation or parking.

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research is a leading, nonprofit research and educational institution that has defined the cutting edge of biomedical science, creating a legacy of research excellence and academic eminence since 1982. Wholly independent in its governance, finances and research programs, Whitehead shares a teaching affiliation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), offering the intellectual, collegial and scientific benefits of a leading research university. Whiteheads Faculty Members and Fellows run pioneering programs in cancer research, immunology, developmental biology, stem cell research, regenerative medicine, genetics and genomicsprograms with a record of success.

Classification: Exempt; Administrative Staff

Reports To: Flow Cytometry Core Facility Manager

SUMMARY

The primary duty of the FACS Technician of the BSL2 core cytometry facility is to provide high quality flow cytometry service and support to the Whitehead Institute investigators and Boston research community. The FACS Technician will develop and maintain a high level of proficiency on the BD FACSAria SORPs and the SONY SH800 in order to perform quality high speed cell sorting. Additional duties include but are not limited to development of proficiency on core facility benchtop cytometers: the BD LSRII SORP, BD LSR Fortessa SORP with HTS, and BD FACSCanto with HTS. Other duties will be performed as scheduled or needed. All duties will be performed in accordance with the Whitehead Institutes behavioral standards, safety standards, and mission.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES

High Speed Cell Sorters- BD FACSAria SORPs and SONY SH800

  • Perform high quality, High Speed Cell Sorting for researchers
  • Perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including data backup as maintenance
  • Perform daily quality control and monitor instrument performance
  • Troubleshoot sorter and associated software and peripherals
  • Contact and interact with vendor service and FACSAria and SONY SH800 field service engineers as needed
  • Log sorter and related software and peripheral problems and report to core staff
  • Enter Aria and SONY SH800 usage into database

Benchtop Cytometers- BD LSR II SORP, BD FACSCanto-HTS, BD LSRFortessa-HTS

  • Develop and maintain proficiency with all benchtop cytometers and associated software and peripherals
  • Perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including data backup
  • Perform quality control and monitor instrument performance
  • Troubleshoot benchtop cytometers and associated software and peripherals.
  • Contact and interact with vendor service and FACS benchtop cytometer field service engineers as needed
  • Log benchtop cytometer and related software and peripheral problems and report to core staff

Service

  • Provide high quality service to researchers
  • Work closely with researchers and Whitehead Institute staff to maintain good relationships
  • Orient new users to the lab
  • Assist researchers with their scheduling needs
  • Advise researchers on basic requirements for high speed cell sorting and acquisition of data on benchtop cytometers

Administrative

  • Maintain sort appointment waiting list
  • Log lateness and failure to cancel appointments
  • Approve sort appointments in Calendar system
  • Notify researchers of unscheduled instrument downtime
  • Assist with writing protocols and other writing as needed
  • Assist with ordering of supplies and billing as needed

Operations

  • Prepare reagents as needed
  • Autoclave as needed
  • Assist with inventory and stocking of laboratory supplies
  • Maintain all work areas

Other

  • Attend a minimum of one flow cytometry workshop, seminar, vendor show, or core lab visit per year
  • Attend a Whitehead Institute retreat
  • Become familiar with flow cytometry journals, associations, and resources
  • Assist with demos and tours as needed
  • Audit training sessions and provide feedback

QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.S. degree in biological or physical sciences required
  • 1+ years of flow cytometry experience.
  • Ability to work Monday Friday, 8a 430p.
  • Must be able to work well with minimal supervision and with researchers, engineers, and institute staff in a service oriented environment
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational and communication skills

Job Type: Full-time

Work Location:

  • One location

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