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Laboratory Technician


Myriant Technologies is seeking to hire a Laboratory Technician who will provide both non-technical and technical support for a biotech laboratory group of about 20 scientists, currently located in Woburn, MA. His/her primary responsibilities will be washing and sterilizing laboratory glassware in order to keep those items well-stocked, preparing and sterilizing (when appropriate) biochemical and microbiological solutions and pouring nutrient-agar Petri plates with careful sterile technique. Other duties include keeping the laboratory counters clean and shelves stocked and organized and assisting in equipment cleanliness and maintenance. He/she should expect to learn how to weigh out chemicals accurately and adhere to the rules for safe handling of chemicals and equipment as part of acceptable laboratory practices. A person who shows appropriate motivation and aptitude may be trained to advance to performing simple molecular biology laboratory protocols.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned.)

General lab maintenance, which includes the following:
  • Gather, wash and sterilize lab glassware and other lab implements.
  • Prepare and sterilize microbiological media, including Petri plates and liquids.
  • Keep water baths and laboratory equipment clean.
  • Keep common areas clean and uncluttered- e.g., wipe down (ethanol or bleach) benches, wipe out microwave ovens, un-clutter and wipe weighing areas.
  • Remove and appropriately handle biohazard waste.
  • Safely operate autoclaves, laboratory dishwashers, laboratory and microwave ovens; be aware and implement the safety precautions for equipment such as spectrophotometers, gel electrophoresis units, centrifuges, etc.
  • Monitor general supplies such as pipettes, paper towels, gloves, etc., and place orders to maintain acceptable quantities. Shelve and organize items.
  • Prepare and stock chemical solutions, buffers and reagents as requested.
  • Keep accurate records of media and biochemical preparation and experimental data in a research notebook.
  • Comply with all safety regulations and company policies.

Education and/or Experience
  • Associates degree in science or related field. Bachelors degree preferred.
  • 2 years experience working in a biotech/biology laboratory preferred.
  • Understanding of the importance and details of sterile technique.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively work individually and in a team.
  • Responsible and reliable.
  • Motivation to learn.
Physical Demands
  • Frequent standing, walking, climbing required while checking and maintaining equipment. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.
Work Environment
  • Molecular biology and microbiology laboratory and kitchen environment.
  • Some computer time.
Equipment Used
  • Dishwasher, autoclaves, glassware, pipettes, centrifuge, microscope, balances, pH meters, spectrophotometer, other laboratory instruments and equipment, desk-top computers.

Myriant offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.
Please submit resume and a list of at least two references by email to Principals only, no recruiters or phone calls please.
Equal Opportunity Employer