Lead Research Lab Tech (Pierce)
Mass. Eye and Ear (MEE)

Boston, Massachusetts

Posted in Health and Safety

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We are seeking an experienced Lead Research Lab Tech to join our research group in the Ocular Genomics Institute at Mass Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School. Our research program is focused on inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs), which are important causes of vision loss. Genetic therapies such as adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene therapy show great promise for treating IRDs. We are looking for an experienced cell and molecular biologist to join our team to investigate the genetic causes of IRDs, and to test potential genetic therapies to reduce or prevent vision loss from specific genetic forms of IRDs. The successful candidate will carry out a broad range of cell and molecular biologic experiments using cell and animal models of disease. Responsibilities will include planning and designing experiments, evaluating results and drawing scientific conclusions, preparing results for publications/presentations. The responsibilities will also include training junior lab members, and shared laboratory management duties.


  • Independently performs non-routine, highly specialized experiments
  • Participates in the design and modification of research protocols
  • Develops research methodologies within the parameters of experimental protocols and research objectives
  • Performs data analyses, troubleshoots technical problems with experiments
  • Synthesizes and interprets results, prepares verbal and/or written status reports
  • Supervises and trains junior team members in specialized research techniques
  • May contribute to grant proposals and manuscripts
  • Work independently and as part of a team, with strong communication skills
Ability to identify problems and develop solutions

  • Bachelors' degree in biology or physical science
  • 3-5 years cell and molecular biology research experience, with associated computer skills


Lab setting.


Possible lifting of 10 to 20 lbs., depending on nature of chosen project(s).

HIPAA Privacy Training and Sanctions

All employees who have access to health information whose confidentiality is protected by the HIPAA Privacy Rule are required by the Rule to receive training so that they have an understanding and knowledge of the Privacy Rule that corresponds to their job responsibilities and of the group health plan's policies and procedures that impact on their job duties. Training on the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the plan's health information policies and procedures under the direction of the institution's privacy officer is a pre-requisite for this position.

Employees who violate the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

This description is intended to indicate essential tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of supervisors to assign, direct, or control the work of staff members under their supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned but that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

EEO Statement
Massachusetts Eye and Ear is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment or discrimination. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, age, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, sex, pregnancy or conditions related to pregnancy, national origin/ancestry, citizenship, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, training, and career development programs

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