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Research Assistant I

Department Description: The Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant position. This is a multidisciplinary position that will involve imaging and mechanical testing of ex-vivo samples as well as assisting with in vivo studies. We are seeking an applicant who is highly motivated, organized, willing to learn, and who has excellent communication skills. The Research Assistant will be supervised by the study manager but also must be able to perform self-directed work. This position will involve image acquisition (microcomputed tomography) and analysis, mechanical testing of biological samples, drafting summary reports, developing analysis protocols, assisting with small animal studies and writing and validating computer codes for imaging and mechanical analysis.

Job Location: Boston, MA

Req ID: 27783BR

Job Summary: Under supervision of the principal investigator, conducts a variety of routine experiments using molecular, cell biology and/or biochemistry techniques. Records test results, calculates, transcribes, and analyzes data using basic statistics.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Uses biomechanical engineering techniques such as mechanical testing, micro-computing tomography, in vivo measurements, computer programming, and others to gather data for ongoing studies.
  2. With supervision, uses databases, summarizes data and interpret results using descriptive statistics and basic hypothesis testing.
  3. May write standard operating procedures for documentation and make informal presentations of these procedures to others in the lab.
  4. Performs literature searches and library investigations as they relate to the research and/or as assigned.
  5. Uses research equipment such as microscopes, materials testing machines, micro-computed tomography scanners, centrifuges, etc.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's or Master's degree in Engineering (Biomedical, Mechanical or similar) or other quantitative biology field is required.
  2. 0-1 years related work experience required.
  3. Experience with mechanical testing or coursework in Mechanics of Materials is required.
  4. Advanced skills with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the ability to quickly learn new programs.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering preferred.
  2. Familiarity with computers (databases, spreadsheets, statistics) and scientific procedures.
  3. Experience with computer programming, particularly Matlab.
  4. Experience with handling live rodents.
  5. Experience with micro-computed tomography or other medical imaging is desirable.
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are based on specific instructions, standard practices and established procedures which generally require little or no supervision.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are routine, somewhat repetitive and generally solved by following clear directions and procedures and by identifying opportunities for process improvements.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to follow general instructions and procedures as provided. Work is monitored by supervisor/manager.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to read, and write in English in order to understand basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively with patients, families and other medical center staff; and respond to basic questions.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate basic knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures with the ability to use them in routine situations. Specialized knowledge not required.
  7. Team Work: Ability to interact respectfully with other employees, professional staff and/or external contacts to offer ideas, identify issues, obtain information or deliver services.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude and respond to requests in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

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