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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senior Research Support Associate, Lieberman Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Senior Research Support Associate, Lieberman Lab

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE, Institute for Medical Eng. and Science (IMES)-Lieberman Lab, to join the Lieberman Lab, an interdisciplinary microbiology research laboratory focused on the human skin microbiome. Will assist with cutting-edge microbiome techniques and participate in multiple projects at the interface of basic and applied research. Will work on projects for screening bacterial strains that inhibit Staphyloccus strains for the treatment of atopic dermatitis and a project on the evolution of skin commensals. Responsibilities include assisting with evaluating research methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives; growing microbial cultures and preparing culture-independent and culture-dependent DNA sequencing; extracting genomic DNA and performing quality control on genomic libraries, troubleshooting errors and liaising with sequencing core; documenting results of experiments with detailed laboratory notes; maintaining databases of prepared genomic libraries, laboratory chemicals, and frozen microbiology stocks; using and maintaining in-house sequencers (Nanopore MinION and Illumina iSeq); preparing common stocks of media for general use; maintaining anaerobic chamber and culture and isolating bacteria and phages in anaerobic and aerobic conditions; assisting laboratory members with analysis and interpretation of their results and on research papers on new laboratory methods; attending and participating in lab meetings; and other duties as requested.

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REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent, prior exposure to a research lab, working knowledge of general laboratory practices/procedures, ability to work independently and as part of a team, strong communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to troubleshoot experimental obstacles and exhibit good judgment. PREFERRED: bachelor’s degree in microbiology or anaerobic biology; biological laboratory experience, including library preparation for high-throughput sequencing; experience preparing libraries for DNA sequencing; and microbiology experience. Job #18895-4This position will initially be for two years with the possibility of extension based on funding. 8/13/20