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Technical Assistant - Metabolomics Core Facility

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research – Cambridge, MA

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.

We offer 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.

TITLE: Technical Assistant I Metabolomics Core Facility

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt: Research Staff

REPORTS TO: Principal Investigator or other supervisory laboratory personnel

The Metabolomics Core Facility is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual who is interested in supporting metabolism-based research projects in a variety of experimental models through the use of liquid-chromatography mass-spectrometry.

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY

Provide high-quality and professional support to our liquid-chromatography mass-spectrometry platform by performing bench level experiments. Uses discretion in prioritizing and organizing workflow. Works as part of a team to ensure high-quality data acquisition in a state-of-the-art and fast-paced laboratory.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES

  • Provide high-quality and professional support to cutting edge scientific research
  • Process and prepares samples for analysis by LCMS
  • Prepare laboratory buffers and cleans laboratory glassware
  • Organize laboratory supplies and orders as necessary to maintain laboratory stocks
  • Perform weekly cleaning and calibration of LCMS instruments under supervision
  • Perform data quality checks
  • Attend team meetings. May participate in scientific conferences and contribute to scientific journals.
  • Consult with literature and scientific staff to maintain professional expertise.
  • Other tasks as required or assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • BS/MS in biochemistry/ chemistry, BS/MS in biochemistry/chemistry, BA/MS in biology or a field directly related to the work.
  • Proficient in basic lab and biochemical techniques, including working with micropipettes
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to work in a service-orientated environment.
  • Exceptional organizational and critical thinking skills; accurate lab notebook practices and attention to detail are essential.
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of biochemical reactions (or you are prepared to learn this).
  • Ability to exercise judgment within defined practices and techniques.
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new technologies

Preferred:

  • At least one year of experience working in a biomedical research laboratory.
  • Experience with chromatography (GC or LC) and mass spectrometry
  • Interest in advanced data processing and analysis encouraged (use of Matlab, R, Python etc)
  • Experience in the use of lab-specific software (ChemDraw, GraphPad Prism).

Job Type: Full-time

Education:

  • Bachelor s (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

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