Research Technician
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The DeKosky Laboratory for Immune Engineering ( is hiring a new Research Technician for dedicated assistance with laboratory operations and the implementation of cutting-edge scientific efforts. The hired candidate will aid in the implementation of projects and the management of laboratory operations and facilities related to the development and analysis of precision molecular therapeutics. This position will focus on research and operations supportive roles to advance projects from funding sources, including the federal government, non-profit organizations, internal funding opportunities. The hired candidate will work closely with a dynamic and collaborative team of researchers in the acquisition and analysis of scientific data.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for team-based science within an academic environment. The hired candidate will play an integral role in the DeKosky laboratory, and will be a part of cutting-edge research in precision and targeted therapeutics, especially related to global infectious diseases, cancer, and autoimmunity.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals that are curious about immune protection and want to participate in the exciting world of understanding how immune responses can be effectively engineered to fight human diseases. The hired candidate will work closely with all team members and other research groups in The Ragon Institute to ensure consistent laboratory facilities and operations. The candidate will also work with our diverse scientific team of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, technical staff, and our extensive network of collaborators to perform scientific experiments, prepare new manuscripts, and to prepare scientific figures. The position will provide an immersive and rich environment in the molecular and engineering sciences.

Required qualifications include an undergraduate degree with some experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, biotechnology or a related field. Preference will be given to individuals with a demonstrated record and interest in working in scientific laboratory settings in molecular biology or biotechnology.

The Ragon Institute is an internationally renowned immunology-focused research center located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and with affiliations with MGH, Harvard, and MIT. Successful candidates will be immersed in a rich scientific community and become experts in advanced high-throughput drug development and establish cutting-edge drug screening approaches while being a part of a supportive, highly collaborative research environment with state-of-the-art facilities. The hired candidate will also be an affiliate of MIT, with access to MIT campus research resources and community facilities.


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.

EEO Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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