Research Technician II

    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Charlestown, MA
    Full-time
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    Job Description

    GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

    The Research Technician II is a full-time position that serves to assist the Principal Investigators and researchers in a research laboratory under the direct supervision of the PI, Laboratory Manager and Administrative Managers. Primary responsibilities are to perform animal experiments for research projects under minimal supervision of the PI. This includes collection of necessary information related to each experiment and guiding senior staff through the setup and execution of mouse experiments. The position requires a motivated individual, comfortable with performing a high volume of injections, procedures and imaging. Outside of the animal facility, the individual will assist in the general maintenance and cleaning of laboratory instruments, including flow cytometers.

    PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Animal Research Responsibilities:
    • Perform general injection techniques: IP, IV, SQ, IM, IC, IVT
    • Use and maintenance of isoflurane anesthesia unit.
    • Assist and support with bioluminescent imaging for a high volume number of experiments.
    • Learns new techniques as required for projects. Discusses any observed experimental conditions that may need to be modified with PI and/or Senior personnel.
    • Organizes and accurately maintains written records of animal procedures and data generated. Reports information to PI and/or senior research personnel.
    • Assists in care, enrichment, and treatment of large mouse colony.
    • Assists animal research technician II in project management and scheduling.
    • Ordering reagents and consumables related to animal experiments and keeping general inventory of a dedicated space in the animal facility.
    • Assists in the preparation of animal protocols and procedures for IACUC institutional review. Ensures that new laboratory members are added to appropriate protocols before engaging in research activity.

      Laboratory Operations Responsibilities:
    • Maintains moderate to complex lab equipment such as ELISA plate readers, Luminex analyzer, flow cytometers, and other scientific equipment related to research activity.
    • Providing general maintenance within the laboratory.
    • Updates and maintains laboratory logs for archived sample.
    • Provide functional guidance to post-docs looking to start experimentation on mice.
    • Assists Laboratory Manager with semi-annual laboratory safety presentation and fire drills.
    • Assists senior technicians and research administrators with additional special projects, as needed.
    • Prepares basic solutions and performs base-level procedures as assigned (i.e. - pipetting, cell and tissue culture, etc.)
    • Maintains laboratory notebook
    • Understands and applies basic scientific techniques
    • Conducts analysis of results and may begin interpretation of results
    • Sets up and prepares routine experiments as directed
    • Prepares lab reagents, chemicals, instruments and equipment
    • May perform independent literature searches
    • Assists with organizing materials for publication or presentation
    • Maintains and orders supplies
    SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
    • Knowledge of animal care, handling, breeding and surgery
    • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently without close supervision
    • Good verbal, written and organizational skills
    • Proficiency in Word, Power point, Excel, and Internet searches required
    • Must be reliable, pay attention to details and capable of working independently
    • Is knowledgeable and compliant in all hospital, State and Federal regulatory requirements, including hospital policy and procedures (where applicable to the performance of the job), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations JCAHO), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 HIPAA).
    Working Conditions:

    Research laboratory 40 hours per week, with some flexibility in the schedule. The laboratory is a fast-paced environment, requiring the ability to establish and re-adjust priorities of assigned tasks to meet program needs.


    Qualifications :

    EDUCATION:
    • Bachelor's degree required.
    EXPERIENCE:
    • 1 - 2 years related experience, required;
    • Experience with animal care, required.
    • New graduates with some lab experience (via course work, internships, etc.) or those without any prior research experience will be considered for the Research Technician I position outlined above.
    • Those with a minimum of 1 year of directly related work experience will be considered for a Research Technician II position.
    Posting ID: 552624179Posted: 2020-05-27