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

56130BRTitle:Research Assistant I - PulmonaryDepartment:Medicine-PulmonaryAutoReqId:56130BRStatus:Full-TimeStandard Hours per Week:40 Job Category:ResearchJob Posting Description:At Boston Children’s Hospital, success is measured in patients treated, parents comforted and teams taught. As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, our reach is global and our impact is profound. Join us and discover how your talents can change lives. Yours included.

The Raby Lab at the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital is seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant to support our basic research portfolio. Our overall goal is to develop a better understanding of pulmonary diseases such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, interstitial lung disease, and chronic lung disease, along with developing new treatments for these conditions. This role will be central for Pulmonary Biobank Initiative (PBI) and will support processing, characterization and banking of human samples obtained from children with chronic respiratory illness. Successful candidate will also be working on one or more of the following projects: Experimental Classification of Pulmonary Disease Mutation, Pharmacogenetics of Asthma Biologics, Function of the 17q Asthma Locus and BCH Pulmonary Precision Medicine Initiative.

This Research Assistant I will:

  • Under immediate supervision, perform a variety of routine and specialized laboratory experimental, specimen preparations and experimental procedures for the purpose of research. Assist in the use of specialized laboratory equipment and analysis of data generated by this equipment

  • According to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules, perform a variety of routine laboratory experiments and procedures, utilizing standard laboratory equipment, recording and checking results for completeness and accuracy

  • Perform the following techniques typically required for the laboratory/study:

  • Perform processing of blood, saliva and other human samples for Pulmonary Biobank Initiative (PBI)

  • Perform nucleic acid extraction (DNA and RNA) and characterization

  • Assist in PCR, qPCR, Western blotting and other common molecular biology techniques setup

  • Assist in tissue culture

  • Maintain records of results and methodologies in a log of work performed

  • Maintain equipment, lab area and supplies in a neat professional manner

  • Sterilize and clean glassware, prepare media and other materials using appropriate procedures

  • Inventory supplies, alert supervisor to needed supplies, or mix standard reagents

  • Process order for supplies and/or animals. Attend courses in safety procedures for handling, storage and disposal of biohazardous, flammable, corrosive and toxic materials

  • Carry out all laboratory activities in compliance with applicable regulations and protocols

  • Conduct literature searches and reviews, compiling information for journals and suggesting uses for new techniques to the P.I.

  • Attend courses, lectures and conferences to further own knowledge of research and laboratory techniques, consulting with other researchers and technicians to exchange information

To qualify, you must have:

  • BS in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field

  • Being a team player is a must

  • Wet bench experience, including working in BSL2 level laboratory is desirable

  • Analytical skills to resolve problems that require the use of basic scientific, mathematical, or technical principles

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing

During a public health emergency, individuals in this role may be expected to take on additional duties to respond to organizational needs.

BCH offers competitive compensation and 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:BostonRegular, Temporary, Per Diem:Regular