Research Support Associate in Biological Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

Research Support Associate

Job Number: 16055

Functional Area: Research - Engineering

Department: Department of Biological Engineering

School Area: Engineering

Employment Type: Part-Time

Employment Category: Non-Exempt

Visa Sponsorship Available: No

Schedule: 20 hrs/wk., flexible schedule, see description

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE, Biological Engineering (part-time, 20 hrs/wk.), to provide basic laboratory support for thirty-five to forty researchers. Will support daily lab operations for three laboratories. Responsibilities include assisting with basic lab maintenance in laboratory, freezer, biosafety cabinets, and tissue culture rooms; performing basic research experiments; replenishing supplies and solutions; keeping water baths, freezers, and tissue culture incubators clean; maintaining prep room and equipment according to established standards; and assisting with maintaining laboratories to meet standard laboratory inspections. Will play a supportive role and work directly under the supervision of the lab manager. These tasks are collaborative in nature and require working as a member of a team toward a common objective. Will be trained in all the basic laboratory techniques used in this position.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: a high school diploma; basic knowledge of general laboratory practices and procedures; basic computer skills; excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational and time-management skills; detail orientation; ability to follow complex directions, work both independently and as part of a team, and move objects up to 50 lbs. Seek someone who demonstrates initiative and a “can-do” approach to the work. Associate’s degree in a science discipline preferred. Laboratory research support experience a plus. May be subject to hazards including proximity to mechanical parts and electrical current or exposure to high heat or chemicals. Job #16055-4


The schedule is flexible, four hours per day, five days per week within the operating hours of 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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