Research Assistant III, Vandenberghe Lab
Massachusetts Eye and Ear is an international center for treatment and home to the world’s largest vision and hearing research centers. Mass. Eye and Ear is a member of Mass General Brigham and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck. Internationally acclaimed since its founding in 1824, Mass. Eye and Ear employs full-time, board-certified physicians who offer high quality and affordable specialty care that ranges from the routine to the very complex. Learn more about our Mission, Vision and Values and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on our site.
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Mass. Eye and Ear physicians are located at our main campus in Boston, and at our suburban locations in the greater Boston and Providence areas, across 21 locations.
A position is available to support R&D activities at the Gene Transfer Vector Core (GTVC) located at Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center, Schepens Eye Research Institute and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. At the GTVC (https://www.vdb-lab.org/vector-core/), our research and production is focused on developing the scale-up AAV and other viral vectors for supporting research in gene therapies in diseases with unmet need.
This position provides an excellent opportunity to undertake independent responsibilities for diverse research projects in a team context. Selected candidates are required to have relevant experience and be highly motivated to conduct research projects.
1. Molecular cloning of plasmids using PCR, restriction digestion and other methods
2. Downstream protein purification using chromatography, density gradients, and relevant biochemistry methods
3. Cellular assays and in vitro assays to analyze vector properties
4. Process development in AAV and other viral vector production including but not limited to scale-up cell-culture in hyperflasks and small bioreactor. Some training and guidance will be provided.
5. Support Core’s functions in executing projects in timely manner. Maintain diligent records of procedures, databases, and results
6. Performs other laboratory related functions as required. Willingness to train/help others
7. Active Participation in meetings to discuss data, and share/discuss relevant literature
8. Candidate is capable to work independently in experiment design, execution, and data analysis.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s degree with 5 years’ experience; Masters or PhD in a related field can be substituted for experience
Experience in molecular cloning, PCR
Experience in protein purification, column chromatography etc. biochemistry methods
Experience in cell-culture based functional assays
Cell culturing (bacterial, mammalian cell lines)
• Prior work experience working in a viral vectors or other cores is desirable.
• Experience in planning and designing experiments. Analyzing and interpreting data
• Excellent organization and proactive communication skills for effective teamwork
• Flexibility to take on various projects, multitasking, Creative, problem-solving
• Use of MS Office, and software packages, such as, MS Excel, SnapGene, Geneious. Prism, EndNote)
Work will primarily take place in a research laboratory setting. Job may require exposure to bio-hazardous or toxic substances.
• Position requires alertness and manual dexterity. Possible lifting, maneuvering on cart of 10 to 20 lbs. boxes of generic lab supplies (such as plasticware, solution bottles etc.
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Primary Location MA-Boston-MEI Mass Eye and Ear Schepens Eye Research
Work Locations MEI Mass Eye and Ear Schepens Eye Research 20 Staniford St Boston 02114
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Organization Mass. Eye and Ear (MEE)
Standard Hours 40
Shift Day Job
Employee Status Regular
Recruiting Department MEI Vandenberghe Lab
Job Posting Aug 19, 2021