Posted in Research 10 days ago.
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Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The Balskus lab is searching for a technician to provide experimental support for an on-going, industry-sponsored project aimed at developing small molecule therapeutics that inhibit metabolic activities of bacterial strains in the human gut microbiota. Working closely with senior lab members, the technician will primarily be responsible for assisting in the design, execution and analysis of assays that assess the impact of different small molecule inhibitors on microbial metabolite production and microbial enzyme activity. The technician will also provide analytical chemistry support for in vivo experiments conducted with collaborators. Additionally, the employee will assist with other tasks that support the operation of the overall lab, as described in more detail below. The research assistant may work on an independent project, but within specific guidelines. Strong organizational and communication skills are critical. Final candidates may be asked to demonstrate their technical ability through an in-lab demonstration.
A minimum 1-year experience working in a biological or chemistry laboratory setting, with specific experience in performing assays involving small molecules. College level course work required.
Degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemical biology or a related discipline strongly preferred. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, a desire to learn new techniques, good organizational skills, and the ability to work with a diverse team of scientists.