RESEARCH TECHNICIAN II
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GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
Ongoing translational research in the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology (VCRB) focuses on gynecologic cancers and benign conditions affecting fertility. The Research Technician II reports directly to the Director, Principal Investigator and/or managers of the laboratories and is expected to work independently on assigned research with minimal guidance from a higher level staff member or Principal Investigator. The individual is expected to carry out research activities of moderate complexity requiring some professional training.
The position is responsible for standard molecular and biochemical analyses, animal experiments, tissue and cell culture as well as a number of other research activities including supply ordering and sample organization.
The Research Technician II will also facilitate the experiments of Clinical Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Technicians and other research personnel.
The individual will also assist with gathering information needed for grant preparation and reporting and must be proficient in basic computer skills including word-processing, database and spreadsheet management, email and internet.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Research and collect basic study data related to assigned projects as directed through laboratory experiments and library investigation.
Meet weekly with the Principal Investigator to discuss results, plan experiments, and discuss new areas of interest. Attend all laboratory and general VCRB meetings.
Maintain accurate, legible research notebooks. Analyze and post results in notebooks within 24 hours after completion of experiments.
Perform statistical analysis of results, prepare graphs, figures and posters for oral and written presentations.
Instruct students, fellows and other research personnel in routine laboratory techniques.
Operate and maintain a variety of moderately complex lab equipment related to research activities.
Maintain multiple breeding colonies of mice.
Participate in VCRB, departmental and laboratory training and educational events (e.g. chemical and biosafety training, animal care practices, etc.). Practice laboratory safety in accordance with MGH and VCRB guidelines.
Interact constructively with all laboratory personnel of the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Maintain a professional demeanor within the laboratory and when attending scientific functions or meetings.
Proficient in or acquire the necessary skills to assist the clinical fellows in the establishment, maintenance or completion of their various research projects.
The techniques required can include but are not limited to: preparation and maintenance of cell cultures, development of/or utilization of in situ and in vivo models, collection of fresh tissue, protein, lipid and nucleotide isolation and analyses (Northern, Southern, Western, EMSA, TLC, kinase assays etc.), molecular cloning, mutation analyses, site directed mutagenesis, RT-PCR, use of radioactivity, ELISA, genotyping, immunohistochemistry or immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization and navigation of basic NCBI sponsored gene and protein data bases and interpretation programs. Prior significant experience in mouse handling and breeding is absolutely required.
PC and Mac competency is required
Must have the ability to work semi-independently and display initiative
Excellent communication/interpersonal skills required
Must be resourceful, self motivated, highly organized, have good time management skills, work cooperatively with others and be willing to learn new techniques
BA or BS required
Minimum of 1 year of directly related experience
Must be organized, detail-oriented, and have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
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.