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We are always seeking motivated, creative, and driven scientists – technicians, graduate students, visiting students, clinical and postdoctoral fellows.
To inquire regarding positions in the laboratory, please send an email with a brief cover letter and CV to:

jwalker@helix.mgh.harvard.edu

Current Funded Positions Available:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Drosophila Geneticist/Neurobiologist

We are seeking a highly motivated and independent entry-level Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for using Drosophila as a model system to investigate neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) We are looking for a detail-oriented and self-motivated individual with a passion for molecular biology, genetics and behavioral neurobiology.

Candidate should be an innovative, data-driven, analytical thinker with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must be highly disciplined and organized, with first class record-keeping skills.

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in genetics, neurobiology or a related field.
  • Working knowledge of cutting-edge genetics, behavioral neurobiology and molecular biology techniques
  • Experience in basic quantitative methods for analyzing biological data. Experience with coding and use of data-analysis software would be a plus but is not required.
  • Positive attitude and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Outstanding academic record of accomplishments.
  • Position is available immediately. Send resume with references and a cover letter to Dr. Jim Walker (jwalker@helix.mgh.harvard.edu)

Research Technician

Position available for a highly motivated entry-level research technician to assist in projects involving the human cell lines and the fruit fly Drosophila as model systems to investigate Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and sleep/circadian activity disorders. Responsibilities will include maintenance of fly stocks and crosses, Drosophila behavioral assays, molecular biology and protein techniques (DNA/RNA isolation, purification and analysis, PCR, plasmid cloning, Western blotting), cell culture and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing. Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field is required. Research experience, either as a technician or undergraduate independent research project preferred, but not required. Must be self-motivated and able to work independently after training, with attention to detail and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Position is available immediately. Send resume with references and a cover letter to Dr. Jim Walker (jwalker@helix.mgh.harvard.edu)

Responsibilities and Requirements Include:

  • Prepares basic solutions and performs base-level procedures as assigned (i.e. – pipetting, cell and tissue culture, etc.)
  • Maintains laboratory notebook
  • Understands and applies basic scientific techniques
  • Conducts analysis of results and may begin interpretation of results
  • Sets up and prepares routine experiments as directed
  • Prepares lab reagents, chemicals, instruments and equipment
  • May perform independent literature searches
  • Assists with organizing materials for publication or presentation
  • Maintains and orders supplies
    • Ability to work independently and as a team member
    • Good communication skills
    • Computer literacy
    • Working knowledge of clinical research protocols
    • Ability to perform multiple tasks independently
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