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

49792BRTitle:Research Assistant IDepartment:Critical CareAutoReqId:49792BRStatus:Full Time Standard Hours per Week:40 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 a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, our reach is global and our impact is profound. Join our acclaimed Critical Care Research team and discover how your talents can change lives, Yours included.

We are looking for a research assistant excited about translational research to join the Anderson lab at the Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research, MIT, to support research projects on developing medical devices for treating diabetes. This is a highly interdisciplinary project at the intersection of device engineering, material science, and molecular biology, including multiple collaborations with expert scientists in the country. The role will involve device fabrication (microfabrication), in vitro testing, and pre-clinical testing in animals. In addition, the person will be expected to maintain accurate laboratory records, and stock laboratory supplies. This is a great opportunity for engineers interested in gaining research experience in an interdisciplinary area combining engineering with translational research before applying for graduate/medical school.


  • Performs fabrication and testing of devices (under direction) using a variety of laboratory protocols and equipment. Records results accurately and troubleshoots procedures.

  • Maintains mammalian cell lines, and performs biomolecular assays (ELISA, qPCR, western blots, and others).

  • Performs animal work that involves surgery, regular bleeds, blood glucose measurements, etc.

  • Keeps accurate logs of all experiments performed and communicates findings to supervisor.

  • Attends courses in safety procedures for handling, storage and disposal of biohazardous, flammable, corrosive and toxic materials. Carries out all laboratory activities in compliance with applicable regulations and protocols.

  • Conducts literature searches and reviews, compiling information for journals and suggesting uses for new techniques to the P.I. Attends courses, lectures and conferences to further own knowledge of research and laboratory techniques, consulting with other researchers and technicians to exchange information.

  • Contributes to the teamwork within and between departments and organizations.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biological/ Chemical/ Mechanical Engineering or any closely related field, and previous lab experience.

  • Staff will be trained to use the relevant techniques. Previous experience with some of the following techniques would be advantageous;

  • microfabrication or microfluidics

– mammalian cell culture

  • biomolecular assays (ELISA, Western Blot, RNA extraction, qPCR, confocal microscopy)

  • Animal work (surgery, bleeding, blood glucose measurements,necrops

  • the analytical skills to resolve problems that require the use of basic scientific, mathematical, or technical principles. Work requires the ability to exchange information on factual matters, schedule appointments, keep accurate records of procedures in the lab and good communication skills with other team members.

Blood Borne Pathogen:Potential Exposure. Job requires performance of duties that involve potential for exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.

Boston Children’s Hospital offers competitive compensation and unmatched benefits.

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.

Office/Site Location:Boston

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