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.

This position will be working in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Rotenberg at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School beginning in the summer of 2021. The individual will join a fast-paced team that uses rodent models to study traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. This translational group provides experience in cutting edge basic neuroscience research and opportunities for involvement in clinical research projects.

The Research Assistant will support general laboratory operations and will have the opportunity to assume managerial responsibilities for collaborative research projects with industry and non-profit collaborators. During the assistantship, the candidate will be trained in basic molecular biology techniques, rodent models of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic epilepsy, and rodent behavioral assessments and EEG recording and analysis. The candidate will be expected to present regularly at laboratory meetings and will have the opportunity present their research at national and international conferences. They will be included in publications resulting from their efforts.

This Research Assistant will be responsible for:
  • Maintenance of mouse colonies, including breeding and genotyping
  • Execution of in-vivo surgical and pharmacological rodent experiments
  • Support of laboratory operations (ordering supplies, equipment maintenance, laboratory representation in institutional groups, animal protocol upkeep)
  • Molecular biology experiments (genotyping, Western blots, immunohistochemistry, gene expression analysis)

To qualify, you must have:
  • A BA/BS degree in Biology/Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Neurobiology or related field
  • Flexible working hours during weekdays AND weekends on rotating schedule
  • Experience with rodent handling, rodent surgical experience a plus
  • Past research experience in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience or related field at the undergraduate level or beyond is preferred.
  • Excellent communication, organization, time management, and record-keeping skills a must
  • A two year commitment is expected for this position.

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

Boston Children’s Hospital offers competitive compensation and unmatched benefits, including a flexible 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. Discover your best.

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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