Biology Laboratory Technician

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Wellesley Hills, MASSACHUSETTS


Posted: 14-Feb-24

Location: Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open



Internal Number: req496

The ideal candidate willjoin a vibrant and inclusive educational community and have a desire andability to work with a diverse population. The full-time Biology LabTechnician- position at MassBay Community College reports directly to the Deanof STEM. This role involves supporting the biotechnology program and serving asan assistant for the Biotech Scholars program. The ideal candidate will have astrong background in Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing or a related field and agenuine passion for working in an inclusive educational community.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

Collaborate with the program's director andprofessor to coordinate and lead teaching assistants in the Biotech PathwayScholars Program:

  • Support faculty as they deliver lectures and conduct laboratory sessions;
  • Guide and assist students during laboratory experiments and Biotech/Biomanufacturing research projects;
  • Assist the faculty in the evaluation and grading of student assignments, quizzes, and exams;
  • Coordinate Teaching Assistant schedules to ensure adequate class coverage;
  • Assist faculty in the development of academic materials;
  • Train Teaching Assistants on learning platforms and communication software;
  • Act as a liaison between students, professors, and the program director, providing support and addressing any issues that arise;
  • Communicate any relevant matters to the administration;
  • Assist with community events;
  • Assist in the development of the Center for Biomanufacturing Education and Workforce Training;
  • Help maintain biotech equipment and coordinate with vendors for equipment-related matters, including operation, upgrades, and training;
  • Coordinate activities with academic and industry Biotech partners, such as communication, meetings, and events (talks, lab tours, visits);
  • Assist in organizing and conducting Biotech/Biomanufacturing research showcases and involvement fairs at the MassBay campus;
  • Maintain the biotech laboratory by organizing, ordering, and cataloging samples;
  • Set up laboratory equipment and monitor inventory and supplies;


  • Monitor the level of liquid nitrogen in the cell storage tank;
  • Perform routine maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipment;
  • Ensure overall cleanliness of workstations throughout the laboratory;
  • Assist in performing biochemical methodologies, such as HPLC, buffer preparation, and project information analysis;
  • Stay updated on current manufacturing practices and bioprocessing techniques;
  • Perform gene silencing, primer designing, RNA-seq library preparation, deep sequencing, and other related tasks;
  • Assist with the use of advanced equipment, such as bioreactors, HPLC, flow cytometers, FACS, PCR, ddPCR, Ion Chef, Arcturus, and cell analyzers;
  • Help with viral-based drug delivery, potency assays, production, and purification of recombinant proteins, stem cell culture, and flow cytometry;
  • Maintain aseptic environments for biomanufacturing and cell & gene therapy experiments;
  • Assist with cell line development, cell culture expansion, transfection, and production and purification of Biological materials;
  • Maintain and amplify insect cell culture at various scales.

Commitment toEquity:

  • Support MassBay's commitment to the Equity Agenda; collaborating with faculty, staff, and students on the College's strategic initiatives dedicated to closing the equity gap related to student outcomes;
  • Support MassBay's commitment to being anti-racist; embracing a community free of bias and inequality;
  • Contribute to discussion and review of applicable College policies with a critical lens toward diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Engage in conversations with colleagues and students regarding best practices within the discipline or programmatic related to equity and inclusion.

This list is not to be considered all-inclusive. A supervisor may assign other duties as required to meet the needs and foster the mission of the College.

All employees of MassBay are expected to work collegially and collaboratively within a community that values and celebrates diversity.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, or closely related field; withone (1) year experience and/or training involving laboratory operations; or anequivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Additional Requirements:

  • Knowledge of molecular biology and Cell & Gene Therapy;
  • Skills in cell culture and recombinant DNA technologies;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Biotechnology, Cell Biology, and Gene Therapy principles and theories. Proficiency in the latest advancements and techniques in the field;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively convey complex scientific concepts to students. Ability to explain concepts clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to oversee and guide other teaching assistants in delivering instructional materials and laboratory sessions;
  • Effective communication and organization skills;
  • Consistent and reliable work habits;
  • Problem-solving skills;
  • Willingness to learn new things;
  • Ability to proofread with accuracy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Sensitivity and commitment to the goals of Affirmative Action and workforce diversity;
  • Experience working in a diverse environment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with underserved students;
  • Prior experience teaching or assisting in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or Cell & Gene Therapy;
  • Experience working in a research laboratory or industry setting related to biotechnology or gene therapy;
  • Up-to-date with the latest research, techniques, and advancements in the field;
  • Experience working with and counseling high school students.

Additional Information:

Salary Range: Salary Range: $45,559-$51,588, in accordance with one's education and experience as dictated by the collective bargainingagreement classification compensation structure.

As a Massachusetts State Employee, youare offered an outstanding suite of benefits adding value to your salary.

  • Array of choices for health insurance plans to meet individual/ family needs
  • Affordable Dental Insurance and vision discount program
  • 12 paid State/ Federal holidays
  • Generous sick, vacation, and personal time
  • Telework option depending on the role/department
  • Flexible Spending Plans to reduce your taxable income
  • Low-cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan, providing a fixed, pre-established benefit for employees at retirement
  • Thinking to save more money towards retirement: consider Deferred Compensation plans i.e., 457(b) or 403(b).
  • Tuition Benefits for employees and dependents at state colleges and universities
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Eligibility towards Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Free gym and parking on campus

Need more info:

Position Type: MCCC-Professional

Application Deadline: February 27, 2024, or thereafter until filled.

To Apply: Please include a letter of interest and resume with your online application.


This is a grant funded position, and position is contingent on funding.

Final candidates are required to provide sealed transcripts and/or certifications.

Hiring is contingent upon a successful CORI clearance.

Massachusetts Bay Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, Lisa MacDonald, Director of Equity Compliance, [email protected], (781) 239-3147, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

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