Dr. Hirschhorn's research group uses cutting-edge genetics, genomics, laboratory, clinical research and computational approaches to understand the basis of disorders related to endocrinology. Our focus is on obesity and skeletal growth disorders, but also have broad interests in the genetic basis of human variation. Current projects include pooled CRISPR screens and other lab approaches to understand genes emerging from studies of human obesity and height, recruitment of patients with short stature for genetic studies, and computational analysis of genomic and genetic data.
Under general supervision, the successful applicant will perform a variety of routine and specialized laboratory experimental procedures for the purpose of research, assist in analysis of data and preparation of manuscripts, and recruit participants and families for clinical research.
The Research Assistant will:
Perform a variety of routine laboratory experiments and procedures, recording and checking results for completeness and accuracy.
Consent and recruit patients for research studies through personal interviews and written communications with patients/families. Provide detailed background information regarding studies and serves as a liaison to families and responds to all inquiries and addresses concerns they have. Evaluate suitability of prospective study candidates and makes selections based upon knowledge of each study. Coordinate follow-up visits as necessary.
Troubleshoot issues that arise in laboratory or clinical research studies.
Maintains record of results and methodologies and informed consent procedures in a log of work performed. Maintain equipment, lab area and supply inventories in a professional manner. Carry out all activities in compliance with applicable regulations and protocols.
Attend courses in safety procedures for handling, storage and disposal of biohazardous, flammable, corrosive and toxic materials.
Coordinate activities between the hospital and research laboratories to ensure correct testing/processing and send out instructions specific to the study. Monitor and review data collection and entry, and informed consent procedures - ensuring consistency for each study.
Create and prepare analytical summaries for distribution to research team for review and analysis. Assist in preparing articles for submission to journals.
Participate in the training of newly hired research assistants and performs other administrative duties, as required.
Conduct literature searches and reviews, attends courses, lectures and conferences to further own knowledge
To qualify, you must have:
A Bachelor's degree in Biology or Chemistry or a closely related field. Six months experience preferred.
The analytical skills to resolve complex problems requiring the use of scientific, mathematical, or technical principles and in-depth, experienced-based knowledge.
The ability to exchange factual information, schedule appointments, greet, and explain hospital policies to visitors, patients and families with courtesy and tact. More sensitive situations may be referred to others as appropriate.
Experience with both laboratory research and clinical research, and comfort with using computing environments (e.g. Python, R, Unix, etc.) strongly desired but not required.
Boston Children's Hospital offers competitive compensation and unmatched benefits.
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.
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