Research Technician - Walther/Farese Lab

    • Boston, MA

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports basic biomedical scientists and educators with the potential for transformative impact. We make long-term investments in people, not just projects, because we believe in the power of individuals to make breakthroughs over time. HHMI scientists have radically advanced the understanding of cells, the brain, the immune system, the development of organs, and how to treat many diseases. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S.

We are seeking a Research Technician to work within the shared lab of HHMI Investigator Dr. Tobias Walther and his collaborator Dr. Robert Farese. The Walther-Farese Lab studies the molecular mechanisms behind lipid storage in cells and have identified more than 200 genes that regulate lipid storage. Ultimately, the lab hopes to uncover the biochemical and physical principles that govern lipid balance and storage and to determine how alterations in lipid stores affect physiology and disease. More information can be found on the lab's website:

The best candidates for this position will have a strong passion for science, an innate desire for continuous learning and curiosity-driven exploration, enjoy working with others, and have a commitment to rigorous, critical thinking. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in expanding their skillset and upskilling to help them move their career forward.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Assist lab members with experiments focused on mammalian cell physiology and cell biology
  • Perform independent research project when sufficient skills are acquired
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area
  • Help with maintenance and organization of lab mouse strains, including genotyping
  • Help with lab organization and unpacking of delivered equipment and supplies
    • Utilize tissue culture and cell culturing techniques

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in life science, with courses in molecular and cell biology
  • Minimum of 1 years prior research experience
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, communication, and computer skills
  • Desire to work both independently and as a team member
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise
  • Prior experience in the below areas a strong plus:
    • Mammalian cell culture
    • Mice handling, including: breeding, weaning and maintaining lines, tail DNA prep

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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