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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technical Associate I, Fan Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Technical Associate I, Fan Lab

  • Job Number: 23742

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: Picower Institute for Learning & Memory

  • School Area: Science

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Job Description

TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE 1, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory-Fan Lab (2 openings), to support research projects in a lab focused on developing and applying novel high-precision optical and molecular technologies to watch and perturb the brain in action. The lab leverages these cutting-edge technologies and integrates them with behavioral, molecular, and computational approaches to understand how the brain encodes, stores, and recalls information. Will work with an interdisciplinary team, support the production of high-impact work, and publish investigations. Responsibilities include planning and executing wetlab and/or rodent-related experiments related to specific research projects in the laboratory, including molecular cloning, tissue culture, optogenetics experiments, rodent behavior, perfusion, and histology; designing and performing one’s own experiments; contributing to the publication of findings; participating in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, protocols, proposals, and manuscripts; supporting daily laboratory functions and research by purchasing reagents, maintaining laboratory stocks, overseeing laboratory safety, maintaining laboratory equipment, and managing chemical inventory; interfacing with veterinary staff and serving as a representative to animal oversight groups; assisting with the orientation and training of new staff/students on lab procedures or techniques; and performing other duties as assigned. The Fan Lab ( is committed to the success of its members and provides opportunities for close mentorship and guidance in research and career training.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor's degree in neuroscience, bioengineering, chemistry, molecular and cell biology, or related scientific field; two years’ relevant laboratory research experience; self-motivation; strong technical, time-management, planning, problem-solving, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills; ability to balance multiple competing priorities and work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively across groups; and good judgment and discretion with confidential information. Job #23742 A two-year commitment is preferred in order to fulfill training requirements. 2/15/24