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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Research Assistant I in Boston, Massachusetts

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Research Assistant I

Department Description:About the Panigrahy Laboratory: Our laboratory primarily focuses on lipid autocoid mediators and their roles in cancer biology. Inflammation is a growing field, as it has implications in a variety of different disorders. While most clinical treatments focus on anti-inflammatory solutions, our lab is interested in the pathways that lead to the active resolution of inflammation. We study the dysregulation of specialized pro-resolving mediators in various models, including, colon cancer, brain cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, arrhythmogenic cardiac myopathy, etc.

About the Research Assistant Position: We are seeking highly motivated students and research assistants to assist in our studies of the resolution of inflammation. Some of the responsibilities of this position include: 1) managing laboratory function (ordering supplies, stocking inventory, lab cleaning, etc.), 2) performing basic assays and experiments in collaboration with other laboratory members (ELISAs, IHC, Western Blots, etc.), 3) managing our mice colonies (breeding, shaving, etc.), and 4) data analysis of experimental results. For this position, the applicant must be strongly motivated, able to work independently, have an enthusiastic work ethic, as well as a strong ability to organize data. All past individuals in this position at our laboratory have been able to be co-authors on publications, and some have had first-author publications. Our lab is highly collaborative, we all work together on each other’s projects as a team. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree and prior lab experience is preferred. In the Panigrahy Lab you are treated like family. We all make sure we support one another and focus on what your professional goals are (medical school, PA school, graduate school, etc.). Being an RA in our lab allows you to gain hands on experience in a laboratory setting, close collaboration with our post-doctoral fellows, mentorship on your future endeavors, opportunities to present your work at meetings and conferences, as well as leading your own project.

If interested please contact Dr. Dipak Panigrahy @

Job Location:Boston, MA

Req ID:38545BR

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:

  • Conducts routine tests following established procedures, which may include assays, DNA sequencing, tissue culture, protein purification, Southern blotting, PCR analysis, electrophoresis, chromatography.

  • 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.

  • May write standard operating procedures for documentation and make informal presentations of these procedures to others in the lab.

  • Performs literature searches and library investigations as they relate to the research and/or as assigned.

  • Due to the dynamic environment in which research exists, must show flexibility in performing principal duties and responsibilities as research projects evolve.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Life Science or a related scientific field required.

  • 0-1 years related work experience required.

  • Familiarity with basic laboratory instruments and equipment, computers (databases, spreadsheets, statistics) and scientific procedures.

  • Basic familiarity with computers. Ability to navigate at a basic level within web-based applications.


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are based on specific instructions, standard practices and established procedures which generally require little or no supervision.

  • 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.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to follow general instructions and procedures as provided. Work is monitored by supervisor/manager.

  • Written Communications:Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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