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Research Technician I

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) – Boston, MA

A Research Technician position is available in the laboratory of a Physician Scientist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the MGH Cancer Center. Under the supervision of physician scientist Dr. David Miyamoto, the candidate will assist in molecular and translational research studies towards the development of novel blood-based and tissue-based biomarkers to help guide the clinical management of cancer patients. These duties include performing laboratory experiments, collection of data and accurate recording of procedures and results, maintenance of databases, ordering necessary reagents to conduct experiments, and participation in joint upkeep of the lab. Training in all procedures and protocols will be provided. The laboratory is located on the Charlestown Navy Yard campus of the Massachusetts General Hospital.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Isolation and analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from patient blood samples using microfluidic technologies.

  • Molecular analysis of CTCs, tumors, and normal tissue samples using molecular biology and cellular biology techniques including RNA in situ hybridization, qPCR, droplet digital PCR, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, and next-generation sequencing.

  • Perform standard molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid purification, PCR, cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, and plasmid construction.

  • Perform standard tissue culture and cell biology techniques including cell line maintenance, drug treatments, plasmid transfection, Western blotting, cell viability assays, and immunofluorescence microscopy.

  • Perform basic bioinformatic analyses including differential expression of gene expression profiling data.

  • Order common laboratory reagents and general laboratory supplies.

  • Participate in upkeep of the lab and basic maintenance of laboratory equipment.

  • Organize and accurately maintain written records of experimental procedures and data collection.

  • Participate in weekly lab meetings.

  • Assist in preparation of manuscripts resulting from data generated in research projects.

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
  • Must be self-motivated and reliable.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail in experimental techniques and record keeping.
  • Proficiency in Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

Qualifications EDUCATION:

Bachelor degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biological sciences, or related science field is required. Recent college graduates are encouraged to apply.
EXPERIENCE:

1-2 years of research experience in a biology laboratory preferred.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None
EEO Statement Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.
Primary Location: MA-Boston-MGH Main Campus Work Locations: MGH Main Campus 55 Fruit Street Boston 02114 Job: Technician/Technologist/Scientist Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) Schedule: Full-time Standard Hours: 40 Shift: Day Job Employee Status: Regular Recruiting Department: MGH Radiation Oncology Job Posting: Jun 18, 2019

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