Job Details

  • Title: Associate Research Scientist
  • Code: RCI-30928/30929
  • Location: Cambridge Massachusetts (MA) 02142
  • Posted Date: 03/25/2020
  • Duration: 12 Months
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  Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic associate to join our pre-sampling team in the Translational Medicine group.
  • The position will involve direct handling and processing of highly valuable clinical specimens from our external collaborators as well as tracking work in a laboratory inventory management system (LIMS).
  • This contractor will also be required to store samples appropriately, potentially assist with nucleic acid extractions, and assist in a variety of other lab organizational tasks to ensure efficient and organized processing of patient samples.
  • This contractor will potentially be transitioned to a project coordinator role working closely with clinical coordinator management.
  • The candidate will assist with entering sample metadata into the LIMS as well as providing monthly sample statistics to the team.

The ideal candidate would have experience and/or knowledge in any of these methods and techniques:
  • Project/sample coordination
  • Tissue macro and microdissection of FFPE material, laser-capture microdissection
  • Sample tracking software tools (LIMS)
  • Isolation of PBMCs and plasma from whole blood
  • Isolation of RNA/DNA/protein from whole blood, plasma, cells and tissues (frozen and FFPE)
  • Data management and basic analysis and statistics using visualization software
  • This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for an entry-level scientist to gain valuable experience and insight in the immuno-oncology space and will work closely with top scientists and engineers in their field.

Qualifications / Essential Skills and Requirements
  • Prior experience working with patient samples (i.e. FFPE tissue, Fresh Frozen tissue, blood ) or working in a CLIA/GCLP environment is a plus
  • Team-oriented and comfortable working in a highly dynamic matrix environment
  • A self-starter, who is/can become technically proficient in a diverse set of techniques and assays with a focus on quality and speed, and will meticulously follow internal SOPs
  • BS/MS in Biology, Molecular Biology or related field with 0-2 years of laboratory experience
  • Will be required to work a later shift (i.e. 12-8 pm, actual time TBD), on alternating days (no later than 9 pm) once trained
  • Must be highly adaptive and an excellent multitasker with an ability to be level-headed in a fast paced lab setting
  • Good basic lab skills required (pipetting, balances, etc.)
  • Must be comfortable and able to work with human derived samples and potentially biohazardous/infectious material