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Marine Biological Laboratory Morgan Laboratory RA I/II in Woods Hole, Massachusetts


Position Summary: The Morgan lab at the MBL seeks a highly motivated individual to join The Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering as a Research Assistant I or II, depending upon qualifications and prior experience. The successful candidate will work on the neurobiology of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, including the cellular and molecular impacts at synapses.

Additional Information: Major responsibilities include: performing light and electron microscopy; general lab management; and leading a research project and/or assisting the PI and other lab personnel with experiments, depending on experience level. Other tasks include performing basic biochemistry; performing data analysis, animal care, purchasing, lab maintenance, and minor administrative tasks. Position will be for 1 year, but may be extended beyond this period contingent upon securing additional funding.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants should have at a minimum an undergraduate degree (B.S. or B.A.) in any of the following biological or physical sciences: Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, or other similar field. Must have a strong background in neuroscience and/or cell biology, and strong analytical skills. Must know standard laboratory practices and be familiar with general laboratory equipment. Must have some experience with imaging of biological tissues. Must be able to work independently. This position requires the individual to work occasionally at night or on weekends in order to meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have at least 1-2 years of prior experience working in a research laboratory and will have direct experience with tissue sectioning and transmission electron microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, and image analysis. Prior experience with electrophysiology would be a plus, as would prior experience working with fish or other aquatic species.

Physical Requirements: Minimal exposure to biohazardous chemicals. Occasional lifting of heavy objects (<30 pounds).

Required documents:

  • Cover letter explaining specifically why you are interested in joining our lab and what positive qualities you would bring to our team.

  • V. / resume

  • List of 3 references (Please do not have letters sent at this time. Letter writers will be contacted directly by the PI).

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)