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

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Research Assistant II

Department Description:Seeking an enthusiastic and intellectually curious individual for a position of Research Assistant in the department of Anesthesiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The position will involve working closely with an obstetric anesthesiologist and researcher in the Longwood/Harvard Medical School area. The laboratory is dedicated to understanding fundamental mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction in aging and disease. We are investigating potential causes of pre-term labor in humans. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly-motivated individual interested in the science of aging and reproductive health who wants to apply state-of-the art laboratory techniques to discover new phenomena in placental physiology. We are looking for a highly-motivated and organized individual who is interested in becoming part of a collaborative research team.

Specific duties will involve several standard laboratory assays and techniques including tissue culture, immunoblotting and immunofluorescence staining, ELISAs, RNA and DNA purification and cloning, reagent preparation, and mouse work including maintaining/genotyping animal colonies and tissue/blood sample preparation.

Prior laboratory experience and knowledge of the techniques listed above is strongly preferred. Data analysis and preparation skills are also required. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, have exceptional organizational and communication skills and have the ability to prioritize multiple tasks.

Job Location:Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID:43723BR

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.

  • 1-3 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

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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. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.