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Beth Israel Lahey Health Research Assistant - CardioVascular Institute in Boston, Massachusetts

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Day (United States of America)

Job Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated and organized individual for a bench scientist Research Assistant in the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The position will involve working closely with an MD/PhD cardiologist and other researchers in the Longwood/Harvard Medical School area. Our laboratory is dedicated to understanding mechanisms of vascular dysfunction and how it promotes blood clotting (thrombosis). The laboratory is in an open environment working within the Hemostasis and Thrombosis and Cardiovascular Divisions. We employ cell-culture, biochemical, genetic, and mouse models to study disease. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual who wants to learn and apply state-of-the art laboratory techniques to discover new areas of vascular biology. The position is available in June 2022. A two-year commitment or longer is ideal.

Applicants should have laboratory experience and ideally be familiar with standard techniques such as tissue culture, Western blotting, ELISA and plate-reader assays, RNA and DNA purification, and reagent preparation. Mouse work (previous experience not required) may include maintaining/genotyping animal colonies and tissue/blood sample preparation. Training will be provided for these techniques. Familiarity with Excel, PowerPoint, and Word is required, along with basic data analysis techniques. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, enthusiastic about biomedical research, and have exceptional organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks.

The laboratory PI is on faculty at Harvard Medical School and is very dedicated to mentorship. This includes shadowing opportunities in cardiology in the hospital or clinic and career development guidance for graduate education in the biomedical sciences or medical school.

Job Description:

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Performs routine and non-routine laboratory tests which may include DNA sequencing, gene cloning, in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, northern blotting; synthesizes and interprets results.

  2. May operate and maintain moderate to complex lab equipment such as spectrophotometer, flow cytometer, etc.

  3. Using analytical abilities and sound judgment, makes decisions regarding the reliability and accuracy of results, repeating procedures when necessary.

  4. May assist with planning specific research procedures and coordinating schedules of tests and procedures

  5. May prepare written and/or verbal reports on status of research and the technical procedures used, including statistical and graphic summaries of findings and possible conclusions.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or related scientific field required.

  2. 0-1 years related work experience required.

  3. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.


  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 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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As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. Beth Israel Lahey Health requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more ( about this requirement.

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