Research Technician II 9/8/2016
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
JOB DESCRIPTIONAPPLY GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
Under the direction of the principal investigator and senior staff, the Research Technician II will perform hepatocyte isolations and other lab duties to support the laboratorys research endeavors. Performs or assists in experiments independently for research projects or under minimum supervision. This includes collection of and accurate recording of procedures and results, maintenance of databases used in the lab, ordering necessary reagents to conduct experiments, and participation in joint upkeep of the lab.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Carries out a wide range of moderate to complex lab techniques such as, but not limited to, small animal surgery, cell culture work and metabolic assays, hepatocyte isolations (mouse, rat, human). Independently modifies techniques as necessary to meet research and/or experimental needs.
Collects and records study data. Synthesizes and interprets information obtained from graphs, charts, laboratory experiments, statistical summaries and other data collection methods. Interprets results develop new investigative techniques and/or to determine the most appropriate direction of research. Synthesis may involve use of computer programs as well as data entry into databases.
Participates in the design of experiments and performs procedures (i.e. cell isolation and tissue culture)
Notifies and seeks assistance from senior lab personnel or supervisor for any questions, unusual experimental conditions or results or needed training.
Performs basic design and modification of protocols. Executes protocols of non-routine experiments and assists PI with determining the most suitable methodology.
Maintains a lab notebook. Prepares written reports on status of research, determination of technical procedures, sequence of operations, including statistical and graphic summaries of findings and possible conclusions. Collaborates with supervisor in writing and editing material for publication and may appear as secondary author on publications.
Attend and may make presentations at lab meetings and journal clubs.
Performs independent literature searches.
Operates and maintains moderate to complex lab equipment such as spectrophotometer, ultra-centrifuges and other scientific equipment related to research activity.
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. May perform routine maintenance of lab equipment to include cleaning and replacing of parts. Report equipment malfunctions and needs to management.
Maintains and orders supplies.
Work safely within the lab environment and in performing work duties. Wear personal protective equipment as required.
May provide functional guidance and assistance to lower level technical personnel.
May teach moderately difficult to complex lab techniques to students and research personnel.
Performs other work as required.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Understanding of basic scientific laboratory techniques and terminology
Ability to perform laboratory research and use standard lab equipment
Must be self-motivated and able to work independently
Ability to work carefully, accurate and consistent with instruction or protocol
Must be able to work safely and properly use protective equipment
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Proficiency in Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Internet searches
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS AND/OR REGRISTRATIONS (IF APPLICABLE):
Bachelor's degree in biological or physical sciences required.
Previous research experience of 1 year or more in wet lab setting is required. Experience in hepatocyte isolation and small animal surgery is a plus.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (IF APPLICABLE):
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY (IF APPLICABLE):
Maintain lab supplies within a budget determined by the PI
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 forty-hour workweek, but actual schedule can be flexible.
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