Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Research Technician - Bell Lab

3+ months agoCambridge, MA

Primary Work Address: 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139

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We are currently seeking a curious, team-oriented and driven Research Technician to join the lab of Prof. Stephen Bell at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Bell Lab uses a combination of biochemistry, genetics, genomics and molecular biology to uncover mechanisms responsible for the accurate and regulated duplication of eukaryotic chromosomes. More information can be found on their website.

As a member of the research staff, you will be assisting other members in the lab with ongoing biochemical studies including the development of novel single-molecule approaches, with the potential to pursue an independent project. This position provides an excellent opportunity for scientific learning and the development of research skills for a recent graduate or a more experienced applicant - along with one on one mentoring with Dr. Bell. We are ideally targeting someone who is self-driven, with a desire to work in a close-knit environment with the larger lab team, and a thirst for knowledge and development.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and analyze purified proteins for biochemical studies
  • Develop new protocols to fluorescently label proteins
  • Work with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on research projects
  • Prepare general lab stocks
  • Assist with managing laboratory safety program
  • Support the ordering and receiving of laboratory supplies and reagents
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area
  • Help with lab organization and other support duties relating to lab operations, as required


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Prior experience working in a research laboratory
  • Understanding and experience with protein purification
  • Prior experience and understanding of biochemical research work
    • Extensive biochemical experience is a strong plus
    • Experience working with an FPLC also a strong plus
  • Understanding of basic molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics
  • Excellent analytical, communication, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member while engaged in collaborative studies
  • Able to learn complex tasks with instruction, and to use experience to perform a variety of new techniques
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise


Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job ID: HHMI-R-187