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

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Research Assistant II

Department Description:The research focus of our laboratory is to define the causes of benign urological disorders such as interstitial cystitis, incontinence and overactive bladder. We use a number of mouse models, which mimic these disorders. Experience in small animal handling, mouse colony management, behavior studies, surgery and anesthesia is preferred. Specific methods used in the laboratory include cystometry surgery, trans-cardiac perfusion for histology and optogenetic techniques to study mouse urological disorders.

Job Location:Boston, MA

Req ID:32070BR

Job Summary:Under direction of the principal investigator, works independently performing a wide range of routine and specialized laboratory techniques. Develops modifications of existing techniques, as appropriate. With advanced knowledge, responsible for a sophisticated level of problem solving, trouble shooting and analysis.

Essential Responsibilities:

    1. A primary component of this position will be to apply fine surgical techniques to animal models of disease. The candidate must have familiarity with small animal handling and be comfortable with such in addition to having surgical experience.

2.Functions as a principal technical specialist for a research laboratory or for a specific research project. Functions as an internal consultant and as a resource to other labs both internally and externally. Performs and devises specialized tests and research procedures and trouble shoots problems.

  1. Conducts broad range of experiments involving advanced technology (see about the laboratory below). Participates in the design of experimental protocols to achieve the objective of the research project.

  2. May present papers at society meetings. Attends conferences and courses, consults with other researchers and participates in professional activities to keep abreast of the latest technological developments as they relate to the research. Evaluates the applicability of these new developments and implements their use in collaboration with the principal collaborator.

  3. Collaborates with supervisor in writing and editing materials for publication. May assist in preparing manuscripts, writing abstracts and experimental methods and protocols.

  4. May instruct laboratory techniques and methodology to students and other research personnel. May be involved in complex data analysis and interpretation of results.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or related scientific field required.

  • 1-3 years related work experience required.

  • Bachelor's degree and one year of experience or a Masters degree with requisite knowledge and skills.

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.


  • 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 read, and write in English in order to understand basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively with patients, families and other medical center staff; and respond to basic questions.

  • 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