The Collaborative Center for X-Linked Dystonia-Parkinsonism (CCXDP) in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School is seeking an experienced Research Scientist to lead a broad range of studies involving modeling of hereditary forms of dystonia and Parkinsonism in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). We are the hub of a global disease consortium of scientists, clinicians, and industry partners across North America, Europe, and Asia all working together to develop treatments for X-Linked Dystonia-Parkinsonism (XDP), a rare neurodegenerative disease endemic to the Philippines. Our group consists of core investigators with affiliations spanning MGH, Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and the Broad Institute. We maintain a large platform of patient-specific iPSCs bearing genotypes associated with XDP and related movement disorders that are used in diverse projects to discover shared disease mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets. The incumbent for this position will lead efforts to use CRISPR/Cas-editing to interrogate genetic sequence variants of interest in iPSCs and develop functional assays to link cellular phenotypes to these variants. The candidate will be expected to have experience with mammalian cell culture, iPSC modeling, CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, and related molecular genetic techniques. This individual will work as part of a dynamic team that includes the Principle Investigator and multiple junior faculty, PhD-level staff scientists, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and students. He or she will also contribute to collaborative projects involving multiple CCXDP labs at institutions around the world.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform iPSC studies and neuronal differentiation according to established protocols.
Perform CRISPR-based genome editing using established protocols
Ability to work independently and as a team member
Experience in mammalian cell culture required (iPSC culture highly preferred)
Experience in CRISPR/Cas-based genome editing
Experience in molecular genomic techniques (i.e., PCR, qPCR, RNAseq, gel electrophoresis)
Interest in learning and troubleshooting new molecular biology techniques
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Sound interpersonal skills and the ability to supervise and train staff effectively.
Ability to prioritize tasks, set deadlines, and adapt to shifting priorities in response to changing deadlines and needs of the lab.
Ability to function with speed, precision, and an understanding of theory behind protocols and experiments.
MS degree in relevant biomedical discipline required, PhD strongly preferred.
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a research-related field required.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (if applicable):
May oversee research assistants, technicians, and students.
Work will be performed in the MGH-East research campus in Charlestown.
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MGH Institute of Health Professions, founded by Massachusetts General Hospital in 1977, is an innovative and independent graduate school in Boston that is a member of Partners HealthCare. A progressive leader in developing comprehensive models of health care education, the MGH Institute prepares advanced practice professionals in the fields of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and communication sciences and disorders through a distinctive combination of academic study, clinical practice, and research. More than 1,200 students are enrolled in graduate level and certificate programs, with an increasing number of courses available online. The Institute is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).