Technical Assistant I - Weiskopf Lab#00291

TITLE:                           Technical Assistant I, Weiskopf Lab

CLASSIFICATION:        Exempt: Research Staff

REPORTS TO:              Principal Investigator

The Weiskopf Lab investigates the interaction between the immune system and cancer. We study molecules that regulate immune responses to cancer and identify new ways to stimulate immune cells to attack cancer. The Technical Assistant will be responsible for in vitro functional studies using immune cells and cancer cells. The Technical Assistant will also perform in vivo studies using mouse models of cancer.

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.​ Whitehead's Faculty Members and Fellows run pioneering programs in cancer research, immunology, developmental biology, stem cell research, regenerative medicine, genetics and genomics—programs 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.

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY

Designs and performs bench-level experiments and independent research projects to support the scientific research objectives of the lab. Performs in vivo experiments using mouse models of cancer. Analyzes experimental data, addresses methodological problems in experimental protocols, and reports data to supervisor. Conducts laboratory tasks and organization to ensure the smooth operation of the group. Uses discretion in prioritizing and organizing workflow and in optimizing methodologies and results.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES

  • In consultation with the Principal Investigator, designs and conducts experiments in cell biology, biochemistry, and immunology.
  • Performs experiments with mouse models of cancer including handling, treating, and analyzing mice.
  • Analyzes experimental results and troubleshoots methods to improve current research protocols.
  • Consults scientific literature and other resources as needed.
  • Documents, compiles, and reports data to the supervisor in oral and written form.
  • Independently operates and maintains laboratory equipment, including contacting service providers for routine maintenance and repairs.
  • Places orders for general lab consumables and maintains stocks of necessary reagents, solutions, and supplies.
  • Other tasks, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology or a field directly related to the work.
  • At least 1 year of experience and/or coursework in a biomedical research laboratory.
  • Experience with cell culture.
  • Proficiency in basic lab techniques and principles of molecular biology.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of various scientific databases and publications.

Preferred:

  • Experience with mice or other rodent models for biomedical research.

Candidates with interest in pursuing advanced degrees in biology or medicine are encouraged to apply.

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