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Research Assistant I


Department Description: The Schlondorff Lab in the Division of Nephrology at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School is looking to hire a new Research Assistant. The laboratory is focused on utilizing cutting edge cell biology and animal models to further our understanding of glomerular kidney diseases, focusing on focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Ultimately, the lab aims to identify novel pathways amenable to therapeutic intervention. The lab works in close collaboration with several other laboratories in the Division of Nephrology and the Cardiovascular Biology Research Center, including the laboratory of Martin Pollak, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Under the supervision of the principal investigator, Johannes Schlondorff, the research assistant (RA) will conduct a variety of experiments using molecular, cell biology and biochemistry techniques. The RA will assist in maintenance of the lab’s mouse colony, including routine animal husbandry and genotyping, and in performing animal experiments. The RA will be expected to maintain an up-to-date and accurate lab notebook, record test results, and perform basic data analyses, calculations and statistical tests. In addition, the RA will take part in regular lab meetings and will be expected to present and discuss their results in this forum on occasion.

Job Location: Boston, MA

Req ID: 34748BR


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. Conducts routine tests following established procedures, which may include assays, DNA sequencing, tissue culture, protein purification, Southern blotting, PCR analysis, electrophoresis, chromatography.
  2. Researches and collects basic study data through monitoring devices and maintains daily logs/basic records of methodologies and test results. With supervision, using databases, may summarize 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. Due to the dynamic environment in which research exists, must show flexibility in performing principal duties and responsibilities as research projects evolve.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Life Science or a related scientific field required.
  2. 0-1 years related work experience required.
  3. Familiarity with basic laboratory instruments and equipment, computers (databases, spreadsheets, statistics) and scientific procedures.
  4. Basic familiarity with computers. Ability to navigate at a basic level within web-based applications.
Competencies:
  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 communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to understand spoken English in order to follow basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively in basic English with patients, families and medical center staff in response to routine questions.
  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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