Research Assistant (Vascular Cell Biology)

Joslin Diabetes Center
Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, US
Aug 05, 2021
Sep 09, 2021
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Under supervision, the Research Assistant (Vascular Cell Biology) performs independent research projects and provides support to postdoctoral fellows. Additionally, performs administrative duties such as maintaining experimental records, ordering supplies, and assisting in grant preparation.


Along with our fellow health care organizations in the Longwood Medical Area and Greater Boston, all members of the Joslin workforce will be required (by October 31, 2021) to receive a COVID vaccine. The vaccine requirement holds true for Joslin employees who work fully remote and will be a condition of employment for all moving forward.

Therefore, the successful candidate would have to provide proof of full vaccination prior to October 31, 2021.

  • Conducts independent research projects according to standard operating procedures with supervision.
  • Work with mice and rats on housekeeping, tail blood withdrawing, blood glucose measurement, and body weight measurement after training.
  • Perform basic molecular biology and cell culture techniques, such as genotyping, Western Blotting, ELISA assay, and sterile handling of culture materials.
  • Perform general lab maintenance, such as autoclaving reagents and instruments, waterbath cleaning, and CO2 tank changing for cell culture incubator.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as maintaining experimental records and notebooks, ordering supplies, and taking lab inventories.
  • Attend JDC lab administrative meetings and seminars.
  • Assist in the preparation of grants.
  • Provide support to students, other research assistants, and junior faculty.
  • Work in an integrated fashion with the principal investigator, lab manager, postdoctoral fellows.
  • Attend weekly lab meetings and 1:1 meetings with the principal investigator.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in biology or related field
  • Background in basic molecular biology, biochemistry, and/or cell culture techniques is preferred.
  • Microsoft Office experience
  • Attention to detail and ability to concentrate on multiple tasks
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others in the coordination of various protocols and procedures
  • Ability to work effectively and constructively with members of other research groups - internal and/or external to Joslin
  • Ability to effectively organize work schedule to accomplish the completion of multiple tasks or multiple experimental procedures