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RESEARCH TECHNICIAN I - Tissue Engineering

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POST DATE 8/24/2016
END DATE 11/22/2016

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree



The Research Technician I performs work to support research endeavors and assists staff and the Principal Investigator at the Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication Laboratory at the Center for Regenerative Medicine. The Technician I completes or assists in experiments for research projects under supervision of the Principal Investigator and focused on tissue engineering for organ function replacement. This includes performing various techniques, pre- and post-procedural small animal care, making observations and accurately recording data, ordering necessary supplies and participation in the upkeep of the lab.

The work requires skill in small animal surgery and organized, detail-oriented performance with the requirement to follows instructions and guidelines.


Carries out a wide range of moderate to complex lab techniques such as, but not limited to, experimental procedures and anesthesia and small animal surgery on rodents.

Provide and coordinate pre- and post-operative care of animals.

Notifies and seeks assistance from Principal Investigator for any questions, unusual experimental conditions or results or needed training.

Makes observations in the post-operative period, collects and records study data. Synthesizes and interprets information obtained, uses computer programs as well as performs data entry into databases.

Maintains lab notebooks. Prepares written reports, such as on the status of research, technical procedures and possible conclusions.

Orders animals and related disposable supplies and maintains inventory.

Operate and maintain lab and surgical equipment related to research activity. Properly clean and sterilize instruments and equipment. Report equipment malfunctions and needs to Principal Investigator.

Participates in the upkeep of the lab, this includes keeping both direct and general work spaces clean and tidy and helping maintain an overall safe and clean environment.

Works safely within the lab environment and in performing work duties. Wears personal protective equipment as required.
Attends and may make presentations at lab meetings and journal clubs.
Understanding of basic scientific laboratory techniques and terminology

Ability to perform laboratory research and use standard lab equipment

Demonstrated ability to perform rodent surgeries and routine animal care (pre-and post-operative)

Knowledge of rodent anesthesia

Must be self-motivated, able to strictly follow instructions and work independently and efficiently

Must be able to work flexibly and collaboratively as part of a team

Ability to work carefully, accurately and consistent with instruction or protocol with great attention to detail and organization

Must be able to comply with current regulatory and safety requirements and to work safely and properly use protective equipment

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to document observations

Basic computer skills for recording and reporting data, such as databases and Microsoft Office

Able to complete all required training, including online coursework

Is knowledgeable and compliant in all hospital, State and Federal regulatory requirements, including hospital policy and procedures (where applicable to the performance of the job), Joint Commission (JCAHO), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS AND/OR REGRISTRATIONS (IF APPLICABLE): Specify minimum credentials and clearly indicate if required or preferred.


EDUCATION: Specify minimum education and clearly indicate if required or preferred.

Bachelor's degree required in biology, animal sciences or other related field


Prior rodent surgery and microsurgical experience helpful



Prudent use of resources and cost-effective ordering of supplies


Duties will be performed in a research laboratory. This setting may create contact or exposure to one or more of the following: chemicals, fluids, sharp instruments and other supplies and equipment consistent with a research lab. Contact or exposure may be airborne or physical.

Work will be conducted over a regular forty-hour workweek.

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.