Children's Hospital Boston Research Assistant I in Boston, Massachusetts

Title Research Assistant I

Department Medicine-GI/Nutrition

Job Posting Description At Boston Children’s Hospital, success is measured in patients treated, parents comforted and teams taught. It’s in discoveries made, processes perfected, and technology advanced. In major medical breakthroughs and small acts of kindness. And in colleagues who have your back and patients who have your heart. As the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, our reach is global and our impact is profound. Join our acclaimed Division of GI/Nutrition and discover how your talents can change lives. Yours included.

This Research Assistant I will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining the HDDC BCH digital imaging facility and assist/instruct faculty, staff, and students in using it.

  • Assisting with imaging-focused research projects.

  • Acting as a resource on imaging issues.

  • Staying current with the latest technological developments in the imaging field through research and attendance at meetings and seminars.

  • Maintaining records of imaging costs and equipment and liaising with core administrators.

  • Performing other duties as required.

To qualify, you must have:

  • A Bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics, engineering, life-sciences or computer science.

  • Demonstrated ability in computer programming.

  • Effective oral and written English communication skills required to effectively understand and meet the diverse requirements of teaching and research faculty.

We are seeking a technically-oriented individual to maintain day-to-day operation of our light microscopy imaging core facility and assist with the development and application of new optical methods relevant to cell and organ biology. Core responsibilities include training new users, qualifying users to operate instruments independently, performing routine maintenance, troubleshooting problems reported by users, performing simple repairs where possible, and scheduling service/repairs with manufacturers as required. Research will involve working in the group of Dr. Jay Thiagarajah and includes projects related to high-resolution live imaging of reactive oxygen species in cells, development of an image-acquisition and analysis pipeline for multiplex tissue imaging and others. Extensive microscopy experience, while desirable, is not essential. Basic programming experience (MatLab and others) and an interest in instrumentation are essential. Experience conducting image analysis is highly desirable. Good computer and organizational skills, facility with one-on one training, and technical literacy are essential. A foundation in biology is a plus but not essential. Background and training with specific instruments will be provided.

Microscopes include Zeiss 880 confocal microscope with AiryScan, Zeiss Spinning Disk confocal microscope, Nikon TE200 live-imaging epi-fluorescence microscope, Olympus BX41 upright microscope, and a number of basic bright-field and fluorescence microscopes.

Boston Children’s Hospital offers competitive compensation and unmatched benefits, including a rotating days/evenings and week-end schedule, affordable health, vision and dental insurance, generous levels of time off, 403(b) Retirement Savings plan, Pension, Tuition Reimbursement, cell phone plan discounts and discounted rates on T-passes (50% off). Discover your best.

Boston Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.

Status Full Time

Standard Hours per Week 40

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