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

Senior Research Support Associate, Weissbourd Lab

  • Job Number: 23619

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: Biology

  • School Area: Science

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Non-Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Job Description

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE, WEISSBOURD LAB, Biology, to take charge of jellyfish culture in a new animal facility focused on generating genetically modified jellyfish strains for neuroscience research. The growing laboratory is the only one currently using the jellyfish Clytia hemisphaerica for neuroscience research and as such presents unique opportunities and challenges to optimize care. Responsibilities will include maintaining, feeding, breeding, and raising jellyfish; culturing brine shrimp and rotifers as food sources; cleaning parts; caring and maintaining the aquatic systems, ensuring water quality, etc.; conducting research to optimize the culture systems to maintain consistent and healthy growing conditions for all stages of the Clytia life cycle, including leading in the publication of new aquaculture techniques; assisting with lab management activities, including onboarding and training new members, reagent maintenance, purchasing equipment and supplies, preparing the lab for EHS inspections, ensuring safety standards and procedures are followed, etc.; generating new transgenic jellyfish strains by egg microinjection; and a high level of integration into other aspects of the laboratory’s research endeavor.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; experience with laboratory animal care (ideally with marine organisms); meticulous attention to detail; and excellent organizational and communication skills. Must be able to problem-solve; optimize, update, and document operating procedures; and work collaboratively. PREFERRED: bachelor’s degree and/or professional training in aquaculture. Job #23619-4Work conditions: lifting, moving, and carrying items throughout the lab and animal facility.Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including occasional weekend hours, to accommodate changing laboratory needs and schedules.This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension.1/18/24