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Research Assistant (Genetics & Epidemiology)

Company: Joslin Diabetes Center
Location: Brookline
Posted on: June 18, 2022

Job Description:

The Research Assistant (Genetics & Epidemiology) will be involved in research projects focusing on both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Projects are aimed to find links between genes and/or metabolites that may cause diabetes or complications of diabetes. Emphasis will be placed on cardiovascular and renal complications that are frequently associated with diabetes.

Under direct supervision, the Research Assistant will perform molecular genetic techniques, participate in lab management, and monitoring laboratory safety. Also, assist in completing projects for the Molecular Phenotyping and Genotyping Core (MPGC). The MPGC provides services to Joslin and the Harvard community including, but not limited to DNA extraction, preparation of DNA aliquots from the Core's repository, SNP genotyping, and next-generation sequencing library preparation.


Organize and work on projects which utilize molecular genetic techniques (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, DNA cloning, mutation screening, manual and automated genotyping)
Record and analyze data using specialized software(s).
Maintain and preserve the integrity of laboratory equipment by ensuring its proper use
Maintain inventories of laboratory supplies and order materials needed by laboratory staff, ensuring all orders are within the laboratory budget
Monitor radioisotope and biohazardous material usage, handling, and disposal
Utilize cost comparisons to evaluate various vendors and devise the most cost effective ways of carrying out laboratory procedures
Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related discipline.
0-2 years related work experience.
Previous undergraduate or post-graduate lab experience, particularly in molecular genetic techniques is preferred.
Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and ability to navigate at a basic level within various web-based applications.
Familiarity with basic laboratory instruments and equipment.
Ability to follow general instructions and procedures, as provided.
Strong organizational and communication skills (communicate clearly and effectively via verbal and written instruction).
Ability to prioritize responsibilities - through completion.
Ability to work independently and with others in the lab - to interact respectfully with other employees, professional staff and/or external contacts.
Learn and become proficient in DNA extractions, PCR and SNP genotyping, and NGS library preparation.
Monitor general lab safety, biohazard material usage and ensure proper disposal of lab wastes.

Joslin is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minority/Female/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans. Joslin values diversity and inclusion, and we encourage diversity applicants.

Joslin Diabetes Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and it is the policy of Joslin to prohibit discrimination of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, marital/parental status, disability status, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Keywords: Joslin Diabetes Center, Brookline , Research Assistant (Genetics & Epidemiology), Other , Brookline, Massachusetts

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