Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) addresses critical challenges facing our oceans, human health and the environment through innovative scientific research and education. By bringing worldclass science and transformative workforce development to Gloucester’s historic waterfront, GMGI is catalyzing the regional economy. Founded in 2013, a strategy triad guides our work and includes: a state-of-the-art research institute where we conduct marine research powered by genomics; the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy (Academy), a hands-on vocational program which trains young adults to become biotech lab technicians; and our science community, expanding the local economy as we build a vibrant science hub on Cape Ann.
The Academy offers innovative science education programs, which prepare high school graduates for careers as entry-level technicians in biotechnology and life science laboratories. The curriculum emphasizes immersive, hands-on application of techniques, instrumentation, and career skills necessary for success in a professional laboratory. The Academy also offers one-week summer STEM courses to middle school and high school students that foster exploration, discovery, and problem-solving skills using cutting-edge molecular biology and genomics. We strive to instill a sense of curiosity about the natural world and a love of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Recently, the Academy was awarded a Workforce Skills Capital Grant by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Funding is being used build-out and equip a state-of-the-art biomanufacturing facility with the purpose of adding this in-demand skill set to our standard curriculum, and to double our student capacity.
We are currently seeking a Lead Teacher who shares a passion for education and the desire to build innovative science curricula and programs that include bioprocessing. The Lead Teacher will be a critical member of the instructional team, assisting with curriculum development, and guiding delivery of new programs. The successful candidate will report to and work closely with the Education Director to ensure implementation and completion of educational goals, which include teaching and supervising other instructors in bioprocessing and participating in the continued growth of students and graduates. The Lead Teacher will also help develop a network of science and education professionals by promoting Academy programs to biotechnology companies and participating in community outreach events.
Essential Areas of Responsibility
Develop and deliver lectures and laboratory instruction for the Academy’s biotechnology certificate program
Contribute to program improvements including writing standard operating procedures used as a key teaching methodology
Cultivate a positive and supportive learning environment which helps students develop confidence to pursue science careers; monitor and evaluate student progress to ensure professional, intellectual, and emotional growth
Foster 21st century skills including organizational and executive functioning, as well as instill good laboratory skills and aseptic technique
Guide students through microbial transformations and microbial cell culture processes
Instruct students in bioreactor preparation, operation, sampling, monitoring, troubleshooting, breakdown and decontamination for a microbial process
Train students in downstream processing for protein purification including clarification, homogenization, diafiltration, concentration, and column purification
Manage and guide teaching staff to develop a skilled and inspired team of educators; organize schedules and assignments of teachers, ensuring programs are appropriately resourced
Contribute to promoting the Academy to external partners to foster new collaborations including student internship opportunities
Bachelor’s degree in bioengineering or related discipline (Masters preferred)
A minimum of 3-4 years of teaching experience at the secondary or post-secondary levels, or industrial experience training bioprocessing technicians and research associates
Passion for teaching and mentoring students
Experience working with modern instrumentation and methods employed in a bioprocessing lab including microbial transformation, glass and single-use bench-scale bioreactor set-up, operation and trouble-shooting, microbial and mammalian cell culture, aseptic technique, downstream processing, protein purification, and analytical techniques including HPLC and YSI bioanalyzer operation
Ability to think critically and adjust daily workflows based on student results
Knowledge of basic statistical analysis and integrity of scientific research and data quality
Capable of mastering new technologies and associated software applications
Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills
Capacity to interpret and present scientific data to individuals from a non-science background
Alignment with Academy values, culture, and team
Can manage a workload with changing priorities and diverse functionalities
Self-starter, with strong work ethic, excited to create innovative science education
Tenaciously organized and detail-oriented with strong time management and follow through
Professionalism when engaging stakeholders (donors, leadership, parents, students, visitors)
A sense of humor, high energy, and a can-do attitude
To Apply Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GMGI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need. In addition to researching diversity in our oceans, GMGI is committed to supporting diversity in our workforce and classrooms. We know that varied backgrounds and experiences stimulates discussion and new ideas. We are taking action on diversity, equity and inclusion by providing substantial training opportunities to increase self-awareness as an organization, and building a team of staff and students from uniquely different backgrounds.
About Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute
GMGI addresses critical challenges facing our oceans, human health and the environment through innovative scientific research and education.