AVAILABLE POSITIONS


Dental research technician

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopment Genetics Unit (PNGU), based in the Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM), and Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates for an immediate research technician opening. Working with a multidisciplinary team of investigators under the overall direction of Dr. Erin C. Dunn (www.thedunnlab.com) at MGH, applicants will contribute to a project exploring the use of shed primary teeth as novel biomarkers of exposure to stress and subsequent risk for mental health problems.

The technician’s responsibilities will be to generate the majority of tooth-related markers for this project, and will include wet lab and dry lab work, including micro CT imaging, histological analyses, as well as proteomic analyses. Candidates with backgrounds in multiple disciplines, including but not limited to dentistry, anthropology, biology, genetics, epidemiology, and/or public health are encouraged to apply. Our team is highly collaborative and includes epidemiologists, dentists, anthropologists, neuroscientists, pediatricians, and biologists. This is a highly unique opportunity for someone seeking to gain laboratory experience in an interdisciplinary environment, and pursue an opportunity to identify novel biomarkers in the field of mental health research.

Principal duties and responsibilities:
• Perform wet- and/or dry-lab work related to the study of shed primary teeth as novel biomarkers of exposure to stress and risk for mental health problems
• Perform laboratory procedures to acquire tooth-based measures
• Perform image acquisition and processing with micro CT
• Perform basic histological analyses on tooth samples
• Perform proteomic analyses

Skills, abilities and competencies required:
• BA/BS required, MA/MS preferred
• Wet-lab experience
• Imaging experience (e.g. micro CT) a plus, but not required
• Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast-paced, highly collaborative and supportive environment
• Ability to adapt to shifting priorities in response to changing deadlines and the needs of the lab
• Excellent quantitative and organizational skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Proven ability to work well in collaborative environment

To apply, please send a single email containing your resume/CV and a brief statement describing your qualifications to dunnlab@mgh.harvard.edu with the position you are applying for in the subject line.


Research Intern (Fall 2019)

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) in the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) is looking to hire a highly motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate or graduate student Research Intern, working under the direction of Dr. Erin Dunn for the Fall Semester, 2019. Dr. Dunn’s research laboratory is housed in the Center for Genomic Medicine and Department of Psychiatry. Studies in the Dunn Lab are focused on: (1) the developmental effects of exposure to childhood adversity on risk for psychopathology; (2) genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenomic predictors of susceptibility to depression; and (3) gene-environment interplay, or how genetic variation modifies the effect of exposure to experience on downstream phenotypes. We are a hard-working, highly collegial, and supportive group seeking to identify motivated and dedicated team players who are curious, interested in interdisciplinary approaches, and passionate about finding ways to prevent mental illness.

We are seeking a Research Intern to assist with a new set of projects exploring the use of shed primary teeth as novel biomarkers of exposure to stress and subsequent risk for mental health problems. Responsibilities will include: conducting literature searches, helping with grant submissions, assisting with peer-reviewed journal submissions, developing materials for conference presentations, and performing other administrative support duties as required. Candidates must have excellent attention to detail, an ability to work well in a collaborative environment, fluency with all modes of communication in English (Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus), and strong problem-solving skills. Candidates will gain experience working in a fast-paced, but highly supportive research laboratory setting, where there are ample opportunities to attend scientific talks, participate in relevant trainings, etc. This position is ideal for someone wishing to pursue further study in the fields of public health, psychology, anthropology, or medicine.

To apply, please send a single email containing your resume/CV and a brief statement describing your qualifications to dunnlab@mgh.harvard.edu with the position you are applying for in the subject line.


RESEARCH COORDINATOR II

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) in the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) has an immediate opening for a Research Coordinator II to assist with a new set of projects exploring the use of shed primary teeth as novel biomarkers of exposure to stress and subsequent risk for mental health problems.

Working under the direction of Dr. Erin Dunn, candidates will gain valuable experience and knowledge working in all phases of the research process, ranging from project conceptualization, to study design, data analysis, and dissemination of results. Candidates with a MA degree of several years of research experience are preferred. The ideal candidate must exhibit excellent problem-solving skills, as well as a high level of expertise and comfort in facilitating objectives within a complex cross-functional project team that spans MGH clinics/departments and external sites. Opportunities for co-authorship of papers are available.

To apply, please send a single email containing your resume/CV and a brief statement describing your qualifications to dunnlab@mgh.harvard.edu with the position you are applying for in the subject line.


Data Analyst I

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) in the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates with expertise/interests in epigenetics and statistics for a Data Analyst I position

Working under the direction of Dr. Erin Dunn, the Data Analyst will contribute to an innovative project funded by the NIMH that focuses on integrating longitudinal data with insights from genetics, epigenetics, and human development to examine the developmental causes and consequences of DNA methylation (DNAm) on risk for depression in adolescence and young adulthood. Responsibilities will involve working with genetic and phenotypic data from a 20-year longitudinal study to perform epigenome-wide association analyses (EWAS) and implement several methods, including causal mediation analysis, Mendelian Randomization, and machine learning approaches. Ideal applicants will have a strong research background with 1-2 years of experience in the field of epidemiology, epigenetics or genetics and knowledge of R, Unix, and related data analysis pipelines.


MASTER’S OR DOCTORAL-LEVEL PART-TIME DATA ANALYST

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) in the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic master’s or doctoral-level part-time data analyst with expertise/interest in epigenetics to start immediately.  Working with a multidisciplinary team under the direction of Dr. Erin C. Dunn at MGH, the data analyst will be responsible for conducting data management and data analysis tasks for a study exploring the epigenetic pathways—and particularly DNA methylation (DNAm) changes—through which exposure to stress becomes biologically embedded during sensitive periods in development.

Candidates with backgrounds in multiple disciplines, including but not limited to epidemiology, genetics, and epigenetics are encouraged to apply.  Ideal applicants would have training in statistics or biostatistics and experience with R or SAS.  Experience working with large-scale epidemiological datasets is a plus, but not required. This is a highly unique opportunity for someone seeking an interdisciplinary experience to work with epigenetic, genetic, and rich phenotypic data while receiving outstanding team-based mentorship.  The position will begin immediately and could be extended based on interest. Opportunities for co-authorship of papers are available. 

To apply, please send a single email containing your resume/CV and a brief statement describing your qualifications to dunnlab@mgh.harvard.edu with the position you are applying for in the subject line.


OTHER

We are always open to inquiries from individuals wishing to join the lab. In general, we are looking for people who have strong statistical skills and capacity to work with large epidemiological datasets. We are also open to working with those who have a good quantitative background, are highly motivated, and able to quickly learn new statistical techniques. Most importantly, we are looking for team players who are curious, interested in interdisciplinary approaches, and deeply passionate about finding ways to prevent mental illness. 

To apply, please send a single email containing your resume/CV and a brief statement describing your qualifications to dunnlab@mgh.harvard.edu.