Boston, Massachusetts

Job Posting Description

At Boston Children’s Hospital, the quality of our care – and our inclusive hospital working environment – lies in the diversity of our people. With patients from local communities and 160 countries around the world, we’re committed to reflecting the spectrum of their cultures, while opening doors of opportunity for our team. Here, different talents pursue common goals. Voices are heard and ideas are shared. Join us, and discover how your unique contributions can change lives. Yours included.

We are seeking a highly motivated and well-organized individual for a full-time Research Assistant I position at Boston Children's Hospital Department of Genetics and Genomics. Training in all required techniques will be provided.

Our lab works at the intersection of genetics, neurobiology, and bioinformatics to understand the basis for rare pediatric neurologic disease and advance genomic medicine. Current projects range from computational genomic analyses of large autism cohorts to identify disease genes, to investigations of genome sequencing for newborn screening and neonatal ICU care, to the development of platform approaches for individualized therapy of rare neurogenetic diseases. 


This Research Assistant I will be responsible for:

• Assisting in basic science and translational research projects under the supervision of the project head and the PI of the laboratory.

• These duties include performing laboratory experiments, collection and accurate recording of procedures and results, ordering necessary reagents to conduct experiments and participation in joint upkeep of the lab.

• This role would be a perfect fit for someone looking to expand their skillset and knowledge before moving on to graduate school or their next adventure.

• Assist lab staff with research experiments in human genetics and genomics

• Using and understanding a wide variety of molecular biology protocols - such as extracting DNA, RNA, and proteins from cultured cell lines, blood and tissue samples

• Culturing both primary cells and cell lines

• Working with and handling research animals

• Maintain required equipment

• Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area

• Help with lab organization and other support duties relating to lab operations, as required


To qualify, you must have:

• A bachelor’s degree with coursework (major preferred) in biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, genomics or related fields.

• At least 6 months of prior experience working in a research laboratory highly preferred

• Research experience as a technician or conducting independent research project preferred.

• Excellent analytical, communication, problem solving, and organizational skills

• Ability to work both independently and as a team member

• Experience with tissue culture or animal handling (mice/vertebrates) a plus

• Attention to detail in experimental techniques and record keeping

• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Internet searches.


Please note: 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, including a rotating days/evenings and week-end schedule, affordable health, vision and dental insurance, generous levels of time off, 403(b) Retirement Savings plan, Pension, Tuition Reimbursement, and discounted rates on T-passes (50% off).


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.


Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Children's Hospital is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Boston Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. (Our services can begin interventions at 15 weeks gestation and in some situations we also treat adults.)

We have approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and our 200+ specialized clinical programs schedule 557,000 visits annually. Last year, the hospital performed more than 26,500 surgical procedures and 214,000 radiological examinations.

Our team of physicians and nurses has been recognized by a number of independent organizations for overall excellence, and we're proud to share some notable examples with you here.

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