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Research Technician

Job in Charlestown - Suffolk County - MA Massachusetts - USA , 02129
Company: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Full Time position
Listed on 2021-03-26
Job specializations:
  • Research/Development
    Research, Research Associate, Scientific Research
  • Science
    Medical Science
Job Description & How to Apply Below

The laboratory is seeking a motivated individual to join our efforts in exploring disease mechanisms and developing therapeutic strategies for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and dementia. Under the minimal supervision of the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will oversee multiple organizational aspects of the laboratory that include ordering common laboratory supplies, general maintenance of equipment, establishment of procedures to comply with health and safety regulations and development of protocols and SOPs. The incumbent will participate to the research activity of the lab and is expected to be fully engaged in the scientific projects, as well as participate to the scientific lab meetings. They will perform laboratory experiments which include DNA and RNA purification, quantitative PCR, gel electrophoresis, Western blots, DNA cloning, immunostaining and preparation of libraries for high throughput sequencing, CRISPR/Cas9 editing and mammalian cell cultures. Experience in mouse handling and mouse histology is preferred. They will be responsible for the analysis of the results and participate in the preparation of manuscripts. The individual must pay attention to details, work independently under minimal supervision, possess good verbal and written communication skills, and work 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.

  • 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

A Research Technician II performs the duties of a Research Technician I (above) and may also:

  • Execute protocols of non-routine experiments
  • Assist the PI(s) with determining the most suitable methodology
  • Perform basic design and modification of protocols
  • Calculate, transcribe and analyze data
  • Prepare and present reports
  • Organize and summarize acquired data, using scientific and statistical techniques.
  • Organize and/or draft material for the preparation of research papers, manuscripts and other documents for publication and/or presentation.
  • Participate in the design of experiments or field work.


  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Working knowledge of clinical research protocols
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks independently

The Research Technician II should also possess:

  • Analytical skills and the ability to resolve technical problems
  • Ability to interpret acceptability of data results
  • Working knowledge of data management programs
  • Demonstrated competence in research techniques and methodologies



  • Bachelor's degree 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.


  • A Research Technician II may serve as a team leader to lab assistants and Research Technician I's.
Position Requirements
Less than 1 Year work experience
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