Technical Instructor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
September 12 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
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Technical Instructor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, MA


The MIT Department of Biology seeks a technical instructor to provide administrative and instructional support for its lab courses. S/he will assist with teaching molecular biology and genetics laboratory courses, with an emphasis on experimental design, critical data analysis/scientific interpretation, and the development of written communications skills.



  • Develop lab curriculum and lab teaching materials (protocols, manuals, study questions, etc.)
  • Develop teaching materials for recitation sections and write course materials
  • Attend lectures and coordinate lecture and recitation materials with faculty
  • Schedule lectures, exams, recitations, and homework assignments
  • Recruit, train, and supervise teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Maintain course websites
  • Monitor and address student interpersonal, attendance, and integrity issues
  • Compile grading spreadsheets and assist faculty with final grade assignments
  • Provide coverage in staff members’ absences
  • Assist in teaching the application of modern methods of genetics and molecular cell biology in the laboratory
  • Manage the lab, order materials, keep lab stocked with reagents, ensure proper disposal of hazardous materials, oversee safety, and perform related duties


  • Advanced degree in biology or related field (Ph.D. preferred)
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills
  • Ability to lead and train TAs and manage relationships with large numbers of undergraduate students
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Discretion and judgment with confidential student information/issues  
  • Relevant experience teaching college-level courses, including TA position or non-traditional roles is preferred.


Application material should include a resume, statement of teaching philosophy, and details of three referees.


Interested candidates may apply online at Please reference job number 17884 and indicate where you saw this posting. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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