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Research Technician - Medzhitov Lab

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) advances the discovery and sharing of scientific knowledge to benefit us all. As a biomedical research organization and philanthropy, HHMI supports a vibrant community of academic researchers, educators, students, and professionals. Together, we’re unlocking the fundamentals of biology and building an open, inclusive future for science.


We are currently looking for a Research Technician to join Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov’s research laboratory team on-site at Yale University. The Medzhitov lab team studies the biology of inflammation, mechanisms of homeostasis, allergic immunity, and mechanisms of diseases. More information on Dr. Medzhitov and his team can be found by visiting and

About the Research Technician role:
As the Research Technician, you will be working with multiple people in the lab to perform various molecular biology techniques including next generation sequencing. There is the possibility to work on your own independent project based on your capabilities and interest. This position will provide you with an excellent opportunity for scientific learning, further development of research skills, and direct mentorship in a diverse, intellectually stimulating environment – an ideal fit for a hardworking, passionate, self-motivated professional who is looking for a robust 2+ year work experience with the lab before beginning graduate school, medical school, or the next step of their career path.


What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits
  • The opportunity to learn new techniques and expand your knowledge and skills, particularly in the area of bioinformatics
  • Direct mentorship from Dr. Medzhitov and senior members of the lab team
  • Becoming a part of the vibrant Yale University research community
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth
  • A team that believes in continuous learning and cultivates an environment of collaboration


What you’ll do:

  • Work closely alongside the bioinformatics specialist as well as other members of the lab team to support a broad range of projects and experiments.
  • Perform various molecular biology techniques including next generation sequencing (NGS).
  • Analyze data, formulate conclusions, and present results as needed.
  • Actively contribute to laboratory meetings and planning sessions. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


What you bring:

  • A bachelor's degree in the biological sciences is required.
  • Strong understanding of foundational molecular biology techniques, particularly NGS, is required.
  • Some previous hands-on research experience working in a laboratory is required.
  • Any previous exposure to bioinformatics would be a big plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proactive and self-motivated mentality with an eagerness to learn and grow.
  • Strong computer skills with demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with current technologies used in a laboratory environment.


Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.


Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 


Compensation Range

$16.91 (minimum) - $21.15 (midpoint) - $27.46 (maximum)


Pay Type:



HHMI’s salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer