Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit

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  1. Research Technician II
  2. Technician I, Research Laboratory
  3. Clinical Research Coordinator

Job Title: Research Technician II

Company: MGH
Location: MGH Main Campus - Boston
Department: CHGR
Std Hrs/Wk: 40.00
Shift: Day
Full/Part Time: Full-time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit Core Laboratory at MGH seeks a research technician to work with investigators and other laboratory staff to perform laboratory-based research aimed at identifying genetic variants involved in psychiatric disorders and associated neurocognitive impairments.

The PNGU Core lab provides custom genotyping (SNP, other), qPCR for CNV detection/confirmation, DNA extraction, quantification, sample preparation, tracking, and storage, and related services to further the PNGU mission of identifying and characterizing the genetic basis of complex disorders and to translate these discoveries to improvements in clinical care and public health. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team of talented and intellectually diverse researchers and engineers in a collaborative research environment. 

Start date of this position is the Spring or Summer of 2014. 

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct small projects at the bench level, as well as in a high-throughput production setting using a variety of techniques and methodologies
  • Perform standard molecular biological techniques, including PCR, DNA extraction, genotyping and qPCR
  • Run quality control assays and other sample preparation techniques on samples in preparation of downstream genetic analysis.
  • Analyze experimental findings using statistical methods, database queries, and other tools.
  • Contribute to troubleshooting experiments and developing new laboratory processes and technologies.
  • Document, compile, and assist with analyzing and interpreting experimental data.
  • Attend and participate in lab meetings, including preparing reports and presenting progress.
  • Assist in preparation of manuscripts, poster presentations, and project reports.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or Biochemistry, or related field required
  • Proficiency in molecular and cell biology techniques and previous experience with PCR, genotyping, and/or DNA extraction a plus.
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks amid shifting priorities.
  • Strong analytical skills with a high degree of initiative.
  • Creative and highly motivated individual with strong organizational and management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • A Two year commitment is required.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should email their CV and cover letter to: Felecia Cerrato

Lab website: http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/research/pngu_home.aspx

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Job Title: TECHNICIAN I, RESEARCH LABORATORY

Company: MGH
Location: MGH Main Campus - Boston
Department: CHGR
Std Hrs/Wk: 40.00
Shift: Day
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit Core Laboratory at MGH seeks a research technician to work with investigators and other laboratory staff to perform laboratory-based research aimed at identifying genetic variants involved in psychiatric disorders and associated neurocognitive impairments.

The PNGU Core Lab specializes in custom genotyping (SNP, other), qPCR for CNV detection/confirmation, DNA extraction, quantification, sample preparation, tracking, and storage, and related services to further the PNGU mission of identifying and characterizing the genetic basis of complex disorders and to translate these discoveries to improvements in clinical care and public health.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team of talented and intellectually diverse researchers and engineers in a collaborative research environment. The ideal candidate would have strong attention to detail and excellent time management, organizational, and communication skills. S/he would also have a background and/or interest in clinical/biomedical research and/or human genetics and genomics.

Start date of this position is the Spring or Summer of 2015.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct small projects at the bench level as well as in a high-throughput production setting using a variety of techniques and methodologies.
  • Perform standard molecular biological techniques, including PCR, DNA extraction, genotyping, and qPCR.
  • Run quality control assays and other sample preparation techniques on samples in preparation of downstream genetic analysis.
  • Analyze experimental findings using statistical methods, database queries, and other tools.
  • Assist in sample tracking by updating and querying local databases.
  • Contribute to troubleshooting experiments and developing new laboratory processes and technologies.
  • Document, compile, and assist with analyzing and interpreting experimental data.
  • Attend and participate in lab meetings, including preparing reports and presenting progress.
  • Assist in preparation of manuscripts, poster presentations, and project reports.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or Biochemistry, or related field required
  • Proficiency in molecular and cell biology techniques and previous experience with PCR, genotyping, and/or DNA extraction a plus.
  • Familiarity with statistical methods and bioinformatics tools (e.g. NCBI, UCSC Genome Browser) a plus.
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks amid shifting priorities.
  • Strong analytical skills with a high degree of initiative.
  • Creative and highly motivated individual with strong organizational and management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • A Two-year commitment is required.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should email their CV and cover letter to: Felecia Cerrato

Lab website: http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/research/pngu_home.aspx

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JOB TITLE: CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR

Company: MGH
Location: MGH Main Campus - Boston
Department: CHGR
Std Hrs/Wk: 40.00
Shift: Day
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Overview:

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking a Clinical Research Coordinator for research on genetic contributions to psychiatric and neuro-developmental disorders and their treatment. The position offers significant involvement in an exciting area of research and a collaborative research environment.

The scope of this position will include:

Clinical Research Responsibilities: Scheduling initial and follow-up study visits; conducting study visits that involve obtaining informed consent and blood or tissue samples; maintaining confidential, accurate, and detailed records of study visits; acting as a study resource for participants; and performing other miscellaneous research/study visit tasks. Research coordinator may also be involved in data management, analysis, and bioinformatics on projects.

Study Coordination and Administrative Responsibilities: Maintaining regulatory compliance for studies; monitoring study files; data entry and management; scheduling and attending program and study meetings, creating agendas and compiling minutes for project-related meetings; maintaining study documentation and preparing study progress reports; working with the program's lab personnel and serving as a liaison with other hospital programs and departments; handling reimbursements for study participant compensation and for other study-related purchases; providing administrative support as needed; assistance with preparation of presentations and manuscripts; performing literature/library searches; participating as a flexible member of the research team in achieving its overall goals.

The ideal candidate would be a self-motivated team player with superb time management, organizational, and communication skills. S/he would have strong attention to detail, computer skills, familiarity with statistical methods, ability to travel locally for study visits, background and/or interest in clinical/biomedical research and/or human genetics.

Start date of this position is the Spring or Summer of 2015.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Biology, or related field required.
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks amid shifting priorities.
  • Strong analytical skills with a high degree of initiative.
  • Creative and highly motivated individual with strong organizational and management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • A two year commitment is required.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should email their CV and cover letter to: Supriya Gupta

Lab website: http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/research/pngu_home.aspx