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Research Technician

Job in Boston - Suffolk County - MA Massachusetts - USA , 02298
Company: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Contract position
Listed on 2021-02-24
Job specializations:
  • Science
    Lab Tech
  • Research/Development
    Lab Tech
Job Description & How to Apply Below

The laboratory is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic candidate with an interest in molecular biological/ biomarker development work to support ongoing studies related to Huntington's disease research. Under the direction of the Principal Investigator and / or post-doctoral fellows, the research technician will perform laboratory tests which include DNA and RNA purification, isolation and characterization of small molecules by HPLC, preparation of libraries for RNA seq, RT- PCR, gel electrophoresis, Western blots and ELISA. Additional responsibilities include ordering necessary reagents to conduct experiments, and participation in joint upkeep of the lab. Experience in RNA seq and/or reverse phase analytical techniques is preferred but not required. The individual must pay attention to details, be capable of working independently under minimal supervision, possess good verbal and written communication skills, and works well as part of a team.


Please note, the functions below are representative of major duties that are typically associated with these positions. Specific responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Similarly, not all duties that have been outlined will be assigned to each position.

  • Purification and quality control of high-quality RNA from blood and other samples following standard protocols.
  • Characterization of small molecules by HPLC and other analytical techniques.
  • Performs standard laboratory procedures such as DNA extraction, library preparation, RT PCR and droplet digital PCR.
  • Perform routine molecular, and cellular based assays such as Western blots, plate-based assays, and protein determinations.
  • Organizes and accurately maintains written records of experimental procedures and data collection. Data may be represented as graphs, charts, tables, illustrations, slides, and narrative reports
  • Assist in Maintenance of mouse colonies, genotyping
  • Assist in preparation of manuscripts resulting from data generated in research projects
  • May share responsibility for ordering common laboratory reagents and general maintenance of the laboratory
  • Participates in upkeep of lab, performs basic maintenance on laboratory equipment and reports equipment requiring advanced repair
  • Performing other job-related duties as assigned


• Demonstrated knowledge of general molecular biology techniques like RNA /DNA extractions, HPLC, RT-PCR and western blot.

• Must be able to multi-task with great efficiency and at high speeds

• Excellent organizational and communication skills (articulate with good writing and phone skills)

• Must have a professional demeanor and a strong commitment to confidentiality

• Attention to detail

• Excellent time management skills

• Knowledge of standard laboratory techniques

• Computer skills: MS Word and Excel



  • Bachelor's degree required.


One year of previous experience in molecular biology preferred .
Position Requirements
Less than 1 Year work experience
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