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TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE 1,Koch Institute (KI) for Integrative Cancer Research -Birnbaum Lab, to work in the area of molecular biology and next-generation sequencing. The Birnbaum Lab is developing novel methods to sequence immune cell repertoires at extremely large scales. These approaches could enable high-throughput, low-cost means of sequencing B and T cell receptors, which will improve our ability to study immune responses to cancer and infectious diseases. The lab is in the process of iteratively designing, building, and validating new versions of its approach. Will join a team of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows performing a mixture of collaborative and independent experiments. To support this research, the technical associate will produce, test, and optimize novel sequencing strategies; and aid in the general reagent upkeep and maintenance for the larger project. The work will involve molecular biology, T cell handling, and sequence analysis. Responsibilities include the construction and quality control of single-cell sequencing reagents and processes; designing, ordering, and testing new sequencing strategy approaches; isolation of T cells; running sequencing pipeline on samples; data analysis and processing; organizing and replenishing laboratory supplies/reagents; participating in meetings; assisting postdocs and students with their experiments; plotting, analyzing, and presenting data to project leader and faculty supervisor; and keeping accurate and timely records.
REQUIRED: B.S./B.A. in biology, bioengineering, biochemistry, or other relevant scientific field; at least two years’ experience in a life science laboratory (in-depth undergraduate research experience may fulfill this requirement); self-motivation; strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; and comfort summarizing and reporting results to researchers. PREFERRED: experience with molecular biology techniques, including PCR and qPCR, primer design, and nucleic acid extraction techniques. Job #19555
This is a one-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal.