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Research Technician 9/14/2016

Broad Institute Cambridge, MA

Company
Broad Institute
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
2797
AJE Ref #
576168973
Location
Cambridge, MA
Experience
Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
Bachelors Degree

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Job Description:

We are looking for a self-motivated individual who is seeking an entry-level research opportunity - a one-year appointment with the possibility of a one-year extension - with an emphasis on training and the acquisition of knowledge and skills. This person will join our highly collaborative and fast-paced team within The Hung Lab of Infectious Diseases. We use chemical genetics, bacterial genomics and transcriptomics, and computational biology to understand how bacteria cause human disease; how they evolve to become resistant to drugs; and how we can use this knowledge to develop more effective therapies and tests to treat and diagnose infectious diseases.

The candidate will support our Tuberculosis (TB)-related research projects that range from bacterial strain construction and high-throughput chemical screening to identify vulnerable bacterial targets; to bacterial RNA library construction and transcriptional profiling to identify signatures of drug susceptibility.

In this position:

- You can make a difference in global health -- TB kills about 2 million people every year. Most of these people live in impoverished conditions in the developing world. The TB research we do is singularly motivated by our commitment to end this age-old disease and make a substantive impact in global health.

- You will gain invaluable experience -- This unique research opportunity will give you access to the best technologies and sharpest minds that biomedical research has to offer. At The Broad, we work closely with a wide network of scientists, we pioneer and use state-of-the-art technology, and scientists are empowered to pursue ambitious research - it is truly an experience that is unparalleled by any other biomedical research institution.

- You will be an integral member of a fun and collaborative team - In our lab, everyone is considered an equal and critical member of the team. From research that happens in the lab to social activities outside of lab, everyone collaborates closely and has fun at the same time.

This research opportunity is particularly suited for candidates who are passionate about infectious disease research and plan to continue their scientific education in graduate and/or medical school. You will work closely with academic trainees to design and execute bench-level experiments; present your work at lab meetings; attend seminars (and possible conferences) related to research; and contribute directly to research publications. Our goal is to foster a love for research and equip the individual with the experience and skills needed to pursue future career interests.

Requirements:

* Education: BS, preferably in a life science, bioengineering, or related field

* 1-3 years of undergraduate research experience

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

* Experience in current molecular biology technologies

* Experience in microbiology and/or tissue culture are assets

* A solid knowledge of RNA approaches (RNA extraction, RNA-Seq) is preferred

* Programming experience in MATLAB, Python and/or R would be advantageous, but not necessary

* Exceptional organizational skills, critical thinking skills and attention to details

* Ability to multi-task and shift priorities; and work independently in response to guidance and direction

* Excellent communication skills and ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff and external contacts

* Works well with others to refine protocols, explore novel techniques, and incorporate them into various related but distinct research projects

* Desire and willingness to learn, develop, and execute new experimental techniques and take on challenging scientific problems in a team environment

* Given the nature of our work (infectious disease), applicants must be exceptionally responsible and conscientious.

* Any and all questions should be directed to Sharon Wong at sywong@broadinstitute.org

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