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Research Technician - Bell Lab

The Bell lab at MIT uses a combination of biochemistry, genetics, genomics, and molecular biology to uncover mechanisms responsible for the accurate and regulated duplication of eukaryotic chromosomes. More information about the team and their research can be found on the lab’s website:

About the Research Technician role:
As the Research Technician, you will be assisting Prof. Bell and other members in the lab with ongoing biochemical studies including the development of novel single-molecule approaches. This position will provide you with an excellent opportunity for scientific learning, development of research skills, and one-on-one mentoring with the lab’s principal investigator, Prof. Steve Bell.

This would be an ideal opportunity for a hardworking, passionate, self-motivated professional who is looking for a robust 1-2 year work experience with the lab before beginning graduate school, medical school, or the next step of their career path. For more experienced applicants, you will have the opportunity to hone your biochemical skills, gain new experience in the development of fluorescence-based in vitro assays, and learn single-molecule microscopy.


What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits
  • Exposure to a broad, interdisciplinary scientific environment
  • Direct one-on-one mentorship with Prof. Bell
  • Joining the vibrant MIT community including attending seminars and building relationships with grad students and postdocs
  • Opportunities for professional and education development including academic courses
  • The potential to work on an independent project that supports the lab’s larger research goals based on your capabilities


What you’ll do:

  • Prepare and analyze purified proteins for biochemical studies
  • Develop new protocols to fluorescently label proteins
  • Work with Prof. Bell and postdoctoral fellows on research projects
  • Prepare general lab stocks
  • Assist with managing laboratory safety program
  • Support the ordering and receiving of laboratory supplies and reagents
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area
  • Help with lab organization and other support duties relating to lab operations, as required


What you bring:

  • A bachelor's degree in the biological sciences is required.
  • Academic concentration in biochemistry or molecular biology is preferred.
  • Understanding of basic biochemical and molecular biology techniques is required.
  • Specific experience with techniques such as plasmid construction and/or DNA manipulation is preferred.
  • Previous hands-on research experience working in a laboratory is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience with protein purification is preferred.
  • Previous experience with fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC) would be a big plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proactive and self-motivated mentality with an eagerness to learn and grow.
  • Proficient computer skills with demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Compensation Range: 

Research Technician I (hourly) – $17.72 (minimum) - $22.16 (midpoint) - $28.77 (maximum)

Research Technician II (annual) – $44,880 (minimum) - $56,100 (midpoint) - $72,930 (maximum)


HHMI’s salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.


Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.


Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer