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This Research Assistant I will be responsible for:
Under supervision of Dr. Xin Tang, perform a variety of routine and specialized laboratory experimental, specimen preparations and experimental procedures for the purpose of brain disease drug discovery research. Assist in the maintenance of human stem cell-derived brain cell/organoid cultures and the use of specialized laboratory equipment and analysis of data generated by these equipment
According to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules, perform a variety of routine laboratory experiments and procedures, utilizing standard laboratory equipment, recording lab results and experimental procedures with completeness and accuracy. Coordinating schedules of experiments and procedures
Assist in troubleshooting procedures if experimental results are unexpected or quality of specimens is poor. Develop and troubleshoot new techniques specific to the lab
Perform the following techniques typically required for the laboratory/study: human stem cell culture, differentiation of brain cell types, 3D organoid culture, gene editing in stem cells, molecular cloning, PCR genotyping, DNA sequencing, DNA, RNA, and protein sample preparation, immunohistochemistry staining and imaging, qRT-PCR, Western blot
Maintain records of results and methodologies in a log of work performed. Compile and help analyze data, preparing charts, graphs, and results of studies
Maintain equipment, lab area and supplies in a neat professional manner
Sterilize and clean glassware and cell culture-related equipment, prepare media and other materials using appropriate procedures
Inventory supplies alert supervisor to needed supplies, or mix standard reagents
Process order for supplies and/or animals. Attend courses in safety procedures for handling, storage and disposal of biohazardous, flammable, corrosive and toxic materials
Carry out all laboratory activities in compliance with applicable regulations and protocols
Conduct literature searches and reviews, compiling information for journals and suggesting uses for new techniques to the P.I
Attend courses, lectures and conferences to further own knowledge of research and laboratory techniques, consulting with other researchers and technicians to exchange information
Contribute to the team within and between departments and organizations, especially with the neurosurgery department of BCH
Start date September 2021
To qualify, you must have:
Genuine interest in biomedical science
Strong work ethics and attention to details in experiments and record keeping
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
The knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree in a STEM, Psychology, or related field
Analytical skills to resolve problems that require the use of basic scientific, mathematical, or technical principles
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
BCH 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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