Research Technician
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Job Info

The Research Technician I completes tasks to support the research endeavors of the laboratory. Performs or assists in experiments for research projects under supervision of the project head and the PI of the laboratory. This includes conducting cell culture experiments, design of cell based assays, as well as collection of and accurate recording of procedures and results, maintenance of databases used in the lab, ordering necessary reagents to conduct experiments, and participation in joint upkeep of the lab. Provides assistance to other laboratory members in areas such as mosquito handling and biopreservation experiments. Provides help with several administrative tasks such as ordering of Core facility supplies, maintenance and monitoring of core facility equipment, and picking up mail and other periodically distributed items from MGH main campus.

Carries out a wide range of lab techniques and properly follows protocols and instruction. These may include culture of primary human, parasite and animal cell lines, flow cytometry, microscopy, and drug toxicity testing. Applies knowledge of chemistry and biology in the performance of research investigation.

Correctly operates equipment used within the research laboratory. Reports equipment malfunctions to management. Provides assistance with maintenance and monitoring of core facility equipment such as microscopes.

Collects and records study data. Synthesizes and interprets information obtained from graphs, charts, laboratory experiments, statistical summaries and other data collection methods and provides to PI. Effectively uses computer programs as well as performs data entry into databases.

Maintains a lab notebook (physical and electronic). Prepares written progress reports for PI on status of research, technical procedures and sequence of operations; includes statistical and graphic summaries of findings and possible conclusions. Assists the Investigator with the preparation of reports and papers for publication, such as data analysis and preparation of charts, and may be included as an author.

Participates in the upkeep of the lab, keeping both direct and general work spaces clean and tidy; helps to maintain an overall safe and clean environment.

Prepares stocks of necessary reagents and maintains laboratory supplies.

Works safely within the lab environment and in performing work duties. Wears personal protective equipment as required.

Notifies and seeks assistance from senior lab personnel or supervisor for any questions, unusual experimental conditions or results or needed training.

Provides assistance with a range of administrative tasks to include transmittal of personnel forms, Core supply ordering and contribution to maintaining a clean and safe laboratory environment.

Attends routine lab meetings and journal clubs. Periodically presents research results during meetings or in the journal club as assigned by the PI.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 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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