Research Assistant II, Dr. Steve McCarroll laboratory, Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School
Description: Our lab studies human genome variation and its influence on neurons and disease. We are particularly interested in understanding how genome variation influences gene expression and neural circuits. We work at the interface between human/mouse genetics and neurobiology, using molecular biology to understand fundamental questions of brain function.
We are seeking an experienced laboratory technician who can help us to meet ambitious research goals.
The successful candidate for this position will work with scientists in the lab to help develop and deploy new molecular techniques for analyzing the cellular composition and synaptic organization of the mouse brain. This person will maintain a colony of transgenic mice and study these mice with approaches such as: recombinant viral engineering/packaging; stereotactic transcranial injection; histology; next-generation genome sequencing; quantitative and digital PCR; extraction and quantitative analysis of DNA and RNA; molecular cloning. This candidate may also present research findings; help to train others on new techniques base; and perform other related laboratory tasks in support of the broad functioning and success of the laboratory.
Basic Qualifications: College background with at least one year of diverse lab experience. Demonstrated abilities in lab techniques. Bachelor’s degree preferred, Biology or Chemistry major. Familiarity with basic laboratory techniques and principles of molecular biology. Familiarity with Viral Packaging, Stereotactic Injection, Molecular Genetics and Mice. Excellent written, documentation and oral communication skills. Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel and ideally Linux. Extremely strong organizational skills
Additional Information: This is a grant-funded 2 year position through June 1, 2019 with the possibility of renewal.
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Posted May 23, 2017
Clinical Research Opportunity for Graduating Seniors or Recent Alumni
Position title: Clinical Research Assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital
Start Date: End of May – early June 2017; 2 year commitment requested
You will assist in two main studies occurring simultaneously:
1. NIH-funded clinical research study examining the effects of environmental factors (i.e. early language exposure, mother-child interactions, parental education, socio-economic status) on early brain development using magnetic resonance imaging.
2. Corporate-sponsored research study examining effects of nutritional intake on early brain development using magnetic resonance imaging.
In both studies, you will have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team of neonatal physicians, neuroscientists, radiologists and MRI physicists.
Job Description: This position is intended for a graduating senior or recent graduate interested in pursuing a career in medicine, psychology, or a related field. The coordinator will work directly with research participants, including mothers who have recently given birth and their children with ages ranging from newborn infants to young toddler. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant will manage all day-to-day operations of the study. Responsibilities include screening for eligible participants, recruiting/consenting participants, scheduling and attending study visits, conducting MRI analysis, administering patient questionnaires, maintaining the study database, and performing medical record and literature reviews.
Teamwork with clinicians and researchers in a wide variety of medical specialties is central to this role. The successful applicant will have very strong interpersonal skills, a strong academic background, be highly motivated, and an independent problem solver.
To Apply: Interested applicants should email Catherine Vu and Barbora Zvarova at email@example.com.
Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (resume), transcript (unofficial acceptable), and writing sample. The writing sample should demonstrate your written communication skills but does not need to be new work; a recent (within one year) course paper, journal article, or thesis is appropriate.
Posted May 23, 2017
Technician position in the Soukas lab, MGH/HMS, Boston, MA
A Research Assistant/Technician position is available in the Soukas lab in Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. The Soukas lab, located in the ultramodern Simches Research Building within the Center for Genomic Medicine, studies the complex genetics of obesity and diabetes using vertebrate and invertebrate genetics, physiology, and metabolism.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with at least a Bachelor's degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, biological or related sciences. Prior lab experience is required, and experience with mice and cell culture is also of tremendous value. The lab technician will be a full member of the lab, participating in research and in lab management and organizational tasks. The job will include independent scientific and organizational duties such as conducting an independent research project, keeping meticulous records, and presenting at lab meetings and at local scientific conferences. It is important that the candidate possess an eagerness to learn new scientific ideas and methods. For highly motivated individuals it is expected that they will contribute to the lab’s publications and will accordingly be credited with authorship on scientific manuscripts.
Earliest start date is June 2017, and a two-year commitment is preferred. Interested applicants should submit CV and references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted May 22, 2017
Research Technician, Dr. Bragg Lab, MGH
The Collaborative Center for X-Linked Dystonia-Parkinsonism (XDP) at Massachusetts General Hospital has an opening for a research technician to work in the laboratory of Dr. Cristopher Bragg. XDP is a progressive neurodegenerative disease endemic to the Philippines. The incumbent of this position will perform experiments directed broadly towards understanding and treating XDP, with an emphasis on culture and differentiation of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines. This individual will primarily be responsible for propagating iPSCs under feeder-free conditions, differentiating lines towards specific neuronal lineages, characterizing neural derivative cells, and assistance with genome editing and functional assays. Preference given to candidates with experience in mammalian tissue culture methods and/or stem cell biology.
Research Assistant I
Alex Schier http://www.schierlab.fas.harvard.edu/
We are looking for a Research Assistant to join the Schier Laboratory in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology to support research projects related to genome engineering, behavioral assays, and identification and characterization of zebrafish mutants. Using a zebrafish model system, the Schier Lab aims to understand 1) vertebrate embryogenesis - how signals, non-coding RNAs, and chromatin influence the fate and movement of cells and 2) behavior - how neuropeptides and neural circuits regulate locomotion, sleep, and learning. The successful incumbent will perform laboratory experiments utilizing cutting-edge genome engineering techniques, behavioral assays, and other genetic and imaging approaches. Responsibilities include collecting and compiling research data, including the generation, identification and characterization of zebrafish mutants; organizing and summarizing research data; reporting experimental results utilizing a variety of software applications and platforms; and related laboratory maintenance. May assist in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols and instruct others in basic laboratory techniques.
Skills required: Experience working with Zebrafish strongly preferred. Knowledge of biology or biological sciences is required.
This is a paid, full time – 35 hrs per week, eligible to benefits.
Submit your application online through https://sjobs.brassring.com, Job code 42346BR
Posted May 17, 2017
Research Assistant, Dr. George Church, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
We are looking for a qualified and motivated research assistant to work on an exciting project funded by IARPA. This biosecurity-related project aims to develop a high-throughput pipeline to test the pathogenicity of unknown DNA sequences. Please refer to the IAPRA website (https://www.iarpa.gov/index.php/research-programs/fun-gcat/fun-gcat-baa) for more information about the project. The ideal candidate should be able to work independently and as part of a team. Basic knowledge and prior lab experience on molecular biology is required. The position is a full-time paid position, for a minimum of one year. Candidates who can be dedicated for two or more years are preferred. The research assistant will receive mentorship from a senior graduate student.
Applicants should send a CV, and names and contact information for two references to email@example.com.
Posted May 16, 2017
Research Assistant, Dr. Elda Arrigoni, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
We are looking for a qualified, motivated and accountable Research Assistant to perform a variety of biochemical and whole-animal (mouse) procedures. This is a research-supported position in the Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, in the laboratory of Dr. Elda Arrigoni. Our research group is focused on the neurobiology of sleep and wakefulness. In particular, we are interested in the effects of neuromodulators and sleep factors on neurons and neuronal circuitry involved in maintaining behavioral states. The candidate will work full time in an electrophysiology and neuroscience laboratory and will be involved in the day-to-day operation and handing of sensitive equipment. The ideal candidate should have strong work ethics and be willing and able to work both independently as part of a team. The position requires a high degree of interaction with laboratory and facility personnel and the candidate will require strong interpersonal and communications skills.
Applicants should send a CV, statement of background and interests, and the names of two references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes: One opening and the position is available now.
The salary is commensurate with experience and in accordance with NIH guidelines.
- BS/MS degree in biochemistry/cell biology or related fields. Knowledge in neurobiology is advantageous.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to the changing needs of the lab.
- Ability to work with other members of the lab and the community.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS TO BE PERFORMED:
- Routine biochemical laboratory techniques.
- Mouse genotyping and management of the mouse colony.
- Small animal surgical procedures.
- Rodent behavioral studies including EEG recordings.
- Organize and store all chemicals substances according to safety instructions, maintain equipment, and assist in ordering laboratory supplies.
- Record all data and results in specified form (paper and electronic) with accuracy and responsibility.
SKILLS TO BE ACQUIRED:
- Brain tissue sectioning (vibratome/cryostat) and mounting
- Immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence studies
- Confocal microscopy
Animal surgery including stereotaxic brain injections, transcardial perfusion, intracerebral injections
Posted May 1, 2017
Research Assistant, Kadoch Laboratory, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
The Kadoch Laboratory in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School is seeking a highly qualified post-graduate student (student graduating with BA/BS this Spring/Summer 2017) to join our team focused on cancer biology, epigenetics, and chromatin regulation. Our lab is uniquely centered at the intersection between biochemistry and functional studies of chromatin remodeling complexes, which are frequently mutated in human cancers and other diseases. The lab is a newer HMS lab, having started ~3 years ago, and has an exciting and diverse set of projects underway. Dr. Kadoch also holds an Institute Member position at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, with several active Broad-based collaborations. Relevant papers are Kadoch and Crabtree, Cell 2013 and Kadoch et al, Nature Genetics 2013, and Kadoch et al. Nature Genetics 2016. This is a unique opportunity with significant potential for the student to work closely with the PI and carry forward independent projects resulting in presentations and publications. The successful applicant will have advanced experience in molecular biology, biochemistry and/or genetics through undergraduate coursework and prior lab research experience. Experience in bioinformatics analyses are highly valued, but not required. The position is a full-time position, for a minimum of 2 years. Please contact Cigall Kadoch, Ph.D. at email@example.com for more information. Lab website: www.kadochlab.org Posted April 18, 2017
Laboratory Research Assistant; Florian Engert Lab, Molecular and Cellular Biology, FAS
Duties & Responsibilities: This Laboratory Research Assistant will split their time between fish maintenance work and the EM pipeline between the Engert and Lichtman labs.
Fish maintenance work: The research assistant will spend 50% of the time working closely with Jessica Miller and lab members in maintaining fish lines. This work involves: 1) Crossing fish to generate new progeny; 2) Expanding fish lines; 3) Maintaining the fish database.
Additionally, for the first year, this assistant will work towards the generation Gal4 larval zebrafish lines. Finally, this Assistant will work closely with lab members and help with their projects in the lab. The person in this position needs to be proactive about reaching out to lab members to find out about their needs. In this role, this individual will be expected to help with basic molecular biology techniques like transformations, minipreps, embryo injections and genotyping.
Work as part of the EM pipeline:
This assistant will provide help in the preparation of the fish samples to be imaged by EM. This work will involve: 1) sample fixation; 2) staining (rOTO protocol); 3) embedding sample in resin. Additionally, the individual in this role might needs to be flexible about work hours: occasional late night shifts might alternate with free schedules during regular work hours. In general, this individual will maintain detailed records of protocols, experiments and results and participate in general lab functions, including contributing to laboratory meetings, planning, ordering and unpacking equipment and supplies, and ensuring smooth supply of consumables and reagents.
Basic Qualifications: College degree or equivalent work experience. Experience with basic laboratory research and experiment techniques is required. Knowledge of biology or biological sciences. Required.
Additional Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in biological sciences. The ideal candidate will be able to manage all aspects of fish husbandry, perform screening based on fluorescent microscopy, assays, clone DNA constructs and maintain the web site. Additional experience in microscopy, assay development, biochemistry, and computer programming is a plus. Organizational skills. Ability to work independently and interest in learning new skills and technologies. Team player who will help progress toward research goals.
Skills: Prior lab experience is strongly recommended. Experience with basic laboratory research is required. Prior EM work experience is preferred, but not required.
Learning outcome: laboratory skills, research skills: study design, data analysis method, presentations, scientific writing, etc.
Number of hours: regular job work hour requirements is 35 hours/week. Additionally, the individual in this role might needs to be flexible about work hours: occasional late night shifts might alternate with free schedules during regular work hours. This is a grant-funded position with expected start date of June 1st, 2017
Mentoring: A graduate student will mentor the undergraduate student
Funding: This is a paid position (lab will pay).
To apply email: Entela Nako (firstname.lastname@example.org, Biolabs BL2065A, http://labs.mcb.harvard.edu/Engert/
When applying for this position please submit your resume and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document (resume followed by cover letter). Posted April 18, 2017
Research Assistant, Department of Emergency, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
FLSA: non-exempt; Job code: 920r; Grade: 420z Reports to: research program manager
This is a full-time position for someone with interest in emergency medicine and/or clinical research. Prior research assistants have been college graduates en route to medical school, but permanent hires are welcome as well. Working with us as a research assistant is a great way to experience medicine. You will be embedded in our clinical work, and will interact closely with patients, nurses, doctors-in-training, faculty, and other staff. You will learn about the scientific, ethical, and organizational underpinnings of clinical research and medicine in general. You will also have direct access to the department’s Research Director, who will mentor you personally in your career development, and will write letters of recommendation as needed. You will emerge from this experience with a terrific understanding of how medicine works, and your work with us will be an excellent foundation for medical school, PA school, nursing school, or the like. Applicants who are still deciding whether they want to go into medicine are welcome, too.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Circulate throughout the emergency department, looking for patients who might be eligible to participate in particular studies.
- Excellent interpersonal skills are required to develop professional relationships with the clinical staff, so that they will be receptive to research that occurs when they are very busy with routine clinical care.
- Upon finding eligible patients, explain the study to them, and obtain their formal informed consent to participate.
- Obtain research measurements, such as blood tests, spirometry (a breathing test), swabs, and survey information. We will teach you how to draw blood and do anything else you need to do on the job.
- Maintain meticulous records for all research-related activities.
- Respond to emails and messages within an hour, always using polite, professional communication.
- Link with study sponsors and hospital committees in a professional way.
- Review medical charts to collect data.
- Enter data into databases.
- Seek guidance immediately whenever you’re not sure about something.
- Be available during the emergency department’s clinical research work hours, 7 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week. During the work hours, research assistants cover the ED in two rotary shifts, morning and evening. Sometimes you may have to stay late night to follow up on enrolled study patients, but you are compensated for your time.
- All other duties, as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: BS/BA/RN/MS/MD. New graduate with relevant course or project work
1. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential
2. Excellent writing skills, with perfect formatting and grammar
3. Ability to type well
4. Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Ability to communicate with patients from a variety of backgrounds. Speech must be clear and professional. Speech must be easy for patients to understand, including patients who do not speak English well.
5. Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks
6. Careful attention to detail
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None
WORKING CONDITIONS: The work takes place in the busy clinical environment of emergency department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Also, research assistants frequently follow patients into the hospital, and may collect blood samples or data on hospital wards and intensive care units. The work also involves paper or electronic chart review and data entry.
Please send resumes to Guruprasad Jambaulikar, MBBS, MPH; Research Program Manager, Emergency Department, Brigham and Women's Hospital, email@example.com, Office: 617-525-8466, Lab: 617-732-5638, Fax: 617-713-3060
Posted April 4, 2017
Research Position for a Graduating Senior, Involving Medical/Biological Imaging, Mathematical Biology, and Computer Science on a Joint Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University Project 1
A full-time research position will be available for a graduating senior interested in spending a year or two before continuing their education in medical or graduate school, as well as for individuals with somewhat more experience, including students with Masters Degrees. Previous holders of this type of position have had the opportunity to work on research projects and to publish scientific papers on their work, and many individuals have published first-authored papers on their work. For students with an interest in medicine, exposure to clinical medicine is encouraged. The work of our group has concerned: the assembly of data, and the development of improved mathematical methods, for predicting the outcome for cancer patients; the assembly of data, and the development of improved mathematical methods, for understanding and assessing the growth of fetus and children; the identification of screening schedules for reaching the maximal possible reduction in cancer death achievable by cancer screening; the application of modern computer speech and telephony for developing scheduling/reminder systems for increasing the use of preventative medical interventions such as mammography and influenza immunization. The program is a collaborative project between individuals at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, and MIT, and is located on the Harvard Campus in Cambridge.
The position involves the development of improved cancer specimen and biological imaging technologies, especially micro x-ray tomography, the mathematical analysis of biological growth, and the use of mathematical methods to examine the medico-legal consequences of delay in the treatment of cancer. The work will involve improvement and use of 3D image analysis, with advanced software tools (3D Studio MAX, Matlab Image Analysis Software Toolkits, 3D Slicer, ITKSNAP, etc.). Students with training in computer science and/or mathematics, or computer animation, who also have interests in biology and/or medicine, are encouraged to apply.
The target date for employment is June-August 2017, but there are also opportunities for individuals who wish to being now, or participate part time now in a trial capacity, or carry out research projects this semester.
Please reply by email with CV or resume to:
James S. Michaelson Ph.D., Director, Laboratory for Quantitative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Departments of Pathology and Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
Email: JamesMichaelsonPhD@gmail.com, http://www.lifemath.net/
Posted March 20, 2017
Research Technician, Richard Sherwood Lab, Division of Genetics, Brigham and Women's Hospital
We are seeking outstanding candidates for a research technician position in the lab of Richard Sherwood (http://sherwoodlab.bwh.harvard.edu/) in the Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Our lab uses advanced CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and genomic screening techniques to understand how transcription factors dictate cell fate. Our eventual goal is to build computationally predictive models of cell differentiation that would enable us to turn stem cells into therapeutically relevant cell types including pancreatic beta cells and intestinal cell types. We have invented several high-throughput genome editing assays that we are now applying to this goal, and we collaborate closely with David Gifford’s computational lab at MIT to build computational algorithms that predict stem cell activity.
The research technician position would involve stem cell culture, genome editing, genomic analysis, and molecular biology. A strong biology background and prior lab experience are required but not necessarily in the techniques mentioned above. Previously trained technicians have co-authored journal articles and moved on to MD/PhD programs, so we are looking for someone who could commit 2 years to an exciting research position to prepare them for graduate/medical school. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for two references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BWH & HMS are affirmative action/equal opportunity employers.
Posted March 3, 2017
Research Assistant/Technician, New England College of Optometry
Applications for a full-time grant funded Research Assistant/Technician are being accepted by the New England College of Optometry for work in Dr. Debora L. Nickla’s lab. The NIH-funded experiments will study various parameters of the circadian rhythms in axial length and choroidal thickness using the chick model of myopia. The PI is collaborating with two colleagues at The University of Pennsylvania and Emory University, where molecular analyses on tissues will be carried out by two investigators.
Applicants should hold a BS or MS in biology and have experience in animal research. Experience in the harvesting of tissues for molecular analyses is desirable. He/she will be expected to participate in circadian experiments 1-2 times per month, which will involve round-the-clock measurements, or ocular tissue collection.
The New England College of Optometry (NECO) is a professional graduate school in Boston’s Back Bay with plentiful scientific and cultural resources. The Myopia Research Center at NECO is a strong group of scientists covering various aspects of myopia development. Salary is commensurate with experience and this is a benefits eligible position. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and C.V. to HRDepartment@neco.edu.
The College is an Equal Opportunity employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.
For more information about employment, visit Employment Opportunities. Posted Feb 23, 2017
Description: The Dominic Walsh laboratory at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School is accepting applications for a technical research assistant 1 (TRA1) to work on an exciting new project focused on the role of extracellular vesicles in neurodegenerative disease. Working under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator, the successful candidate will interact on a day-to-day basis with a team of talented postdoctoral research fellows to study the roles of extracellular vesicles in cell-to-cell transfer of neurotoxic protein assemblies. The candidate will conduct a variety of cellular and biochemical experiments with clearly established methodologies, including but not limited to: i) neural cell line, primary neural and induced neuron culture, ii) mechanical, chemical and immuno-isolation of extracellular vesicles from biological fluids, and iii) protein assays, including ELISA and western blot. In addition, the applicant will be expected to perform basic data analysis relevant to the aforementioned methodologies.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, neuroscience, cell biology or a related biomedical subject. The successful candidate should also have at least 1 year experience in a laboratory setting and familiarity with basic biochemical methodologies. Experience with cell culture, protein assays and chromatography is preferred.
Contact: Expressions of interest should be directed to Grant Corbett (email@example.com). Please include “Technical Research Assistant I” in the email title.
Principal Investigator: Dominic M. Walsh. Ph.D. - Lab Website
Availability: Immediate. Posted Feb 20, 2017
Research Assistant, Dr. Kevin Hughes laboratory, MGH Surgical Oncology
The Hughes lab at MGH is looking for a full time research assistant. This position will involve close collaboration with the BayesMendel group in the Biostatistics and Computational Biology Department at DFCI. The groups jointly work on a tool which provides absolute cancer risk predictions for various hereditary cancer susceptibility genes: http://ask2me.org/. The position will involve research in genetic epidemiology, cancer risk assessment, and health care management. In addition, the position will require work on databases of cancer patients at Partners hospitals. The work will concentrate on the development, data input and maintenance of specialized databases of family history and risk factors for cancer, as well as outcomes. He/she will use these specialized databases to analyze patient care and outcomes (involves sophisticated mathematical analysis of cancer outcome. They will also assist in managing IRB submissions, producing reports and the production of manuscripts.
Responsibilities and duties: While a research assistant is expected to contribute in many ways to the research projects, typical responsibilities include the following: literature reviews; Collect and analyze data; Prepare materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations; Maintain accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary; Summarize interviews; Provide ready access to all experimental data for the faculty researcher and/or supervisor; Manage and respond to project related email; Prepare, maintain, and update website materials; Attend project meetings; Attend area seminars and other meetings as necessary; Summarize project results; Prepare progress reports for the PI; Prepare other articles, reports, and presentations.
Qualifications: Bachelors Degree in biology, healthcare, or a related field is preferred. Background in genetic epidemiology and big data experience is ideal.
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills, strong mathematical abilities, database knowledge, modelling.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to collect and analyze data to assist in decision making.
- Ability to interact with people.
- Must be able to think creatively, often finding multiple solutions to a single problem.
- Strong PC skills required, knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, Powerpoint and Visio preferred, along with a willingness to learn new software
- Knowledge of databases.
- Ability to understand the work environment and competing and shifting priorities in conjunction with developing/meeting project and support goals.
- Ability to be flexible, versatile and adaptable in day-to-day activities.
- Must be able to communicate with laboratory staff through individual interviews and group discussions to gather information.
Must be able to understand instructions and complete tasks both independently and as part of a team.
Position will report to Dr. Kevin Hughes, contact KSHUGHES@partners.org. Posted Feb 20, 2017
Data Manager Position, Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems (HQSS), Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Description: The Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era (HQSS Commission) is seeking to hire a talented Data Manager to oversee all core data management functions. Led by Dr. Margaret E. Kruk, the HQSS Commission is an applied research and evidence translation program dedicated to building the evidence base on the role of high quality health care in achieving global health goals. By managing the HQSS Commission data infrastructure, the Data Manager will help support research that strives to understand the quality of care in low and middle income countries that will contribute to health policy and system changes globally.
Background on the Lancet Global Health HQSS Commission: Guided by the values of originality, rigor, policy-relevance, transparency, and respect for local context and actors, the Commission will review current knowledge and produce new empirical work and policy recommendations on the level of quality in health systems today and the opportunity to save lives and reach the SDGs through higher quality health systems. It will build on and inform the work of other initiatives (e.g., Countdown 2030 Initiative, WHO’s quality work, IHI’s global quality efforts, etc.). All analyses will derive from existing publicly available data, such as Service Provision Assessments (SPA), Service Availability and Readiness Assessments (SARA), Service Delivery Indicators surveys (SDI); and Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), etc.
The HQSS Commission aims to 1) define and describe the state of quality and responsiveness in the health systems of low- and middle-income countries, 2) propose tractable measures of quality, and 3) quantify the impact of quality enhancing strategies on reaching the SDGs. The work will be underpinned by an exploration of the ethical dimensions on quality, including the right to and equitable distribution of high quality health care.
Duties & Responsibilities: The Data Manager will have the overall responsibility for maintaining and directing the ongoing development of the data infrastructure that serves as the foundation for the HQSS Commission’s research. This individual will also function as the primary thought leader on the design of new data-related tools, training, and processes that could enhance HQSS Commission efforts.
Key functions include:
- Using a computer programming or statistical programming language (preferably Stata; Mata not required) for management of complex data
- Overseeing the maintenance of the HQSS Commission’s internal data infrastructure, including the maintenance data access rights and processes for data preparation, analysis and storage (e.g. standard file-naming conventions, program documentation, programming best practices, archiving of data from completed projects, etc.)
- Writing clear and replicable programs for data extraction, cleaning and management for use by the broader research group.
- Ensuring HQSS group compliance with all data security requirements and contractual agreements with nations and government agencies
- Preparing graphs, charts, and other visuals for the HQSS website, learning some web coding if necessary
- Preparing training materials on basic data cleaning and analyses for broader research group
- Developing strategic plans for the overall team’s IT and data resources to ensure that the team is well positioned to perform as efficiently and effectively as possible
This position is grant funded for one year from the date of hire.
Basic Qualifications: BA or BS and a minimum of 1 year of experience managing large-scale data projects for the purposes of supporting research or analysis. Experience in computer programming, particularly in one or several data management and statistical programming software packages (e.g., Stata, SAS, R), required. Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail are necessary.
Additional Qualifications: Graduate degree in biostatistics or information science. The more experience dealing with large volumes of complex (multilevel) data the better. Stata experience is highly preferred. The ideal candidate will be highly productive working under pressure with time constraints, possess the ability to work independently, with supervision, or in collaboration as a team. Experience working in global health and with medical data is ideal, but not necessary.
Special instructions: In addition to a CV and resume, please send a code sample that reflects your programming capacity and experience with data management.
Contact: Please send your application to Daniel McKenna at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted Feb 20, 2017
Staff Research Associate (SRA)/Specialist Position at the University of California, San Francisco
We are recruiting a Staff Research Associate (SRA)/Specialist to assist with ongoing multidisciplinary
cellular engineering projects. Our lab has pioneered the application of novel CRISPR genetic
engineering technologies to primary human immune cells (Schumann et al., PNAS 2015). These new
technical abilities have furthered our labs research into the genetic underpinnings of autoimmune
disease and T cell biology (Farh and Marson et al., Nature 2015), as well as opened the door to novel
diagnostic and therapeutic strategies based on engineered human immune cells. In addition to cell
editing, our lab integrates genomic analysis (e.g. ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, RNA-seq), human disease
genetics, and in vitro and in vivo studies of T cell function.
Working as part of a multidisciplinary group, the SRA will utilize various protocols to generate the
molecular components, such as DNA constructs, necessary for specific cellular engineering
experiments. Additional responsibilities will consist of functional analysis of engineered cells via
Sanger sequencing, next-generation DNA sequencing, and flow cytometry. Strong organizational and
communication skills are required. For exceptionally skilled applicants, opportunity exists to extend the
SRA’s role to include isolation and culture of primary human immune cells, the design and completion
of cellular editing experiments, as well as functional genomics readouts following editing. This position
represents an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to basic laboratory skills as well as genetics and
genome engineering skills in a dynamic, well-established functional genomics research environment.
• BA/BS degree and one or more years of recent, directly related laboratory work experience
utilizing techniques or methods required by the position
• Experience with general laboratory techniques, especially basic molecular and cellular
biology techniques (including but not limited to DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA assembly, bacterial transformation, mammalian cell culture, etc.)
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
• Willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills for changing research priorities
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team
• Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet multiple deadlines
• Prior experience with DNA sequencing technologies, including Sanger and NGS
• Prior experience in the design and assembly of DNA constructs (via restriction digestion
and ligation, Gibson assemblies, Golden-Gate assemblies, etc.)
Payment is according to the UCSF pay scale. UCSF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please submit your complete application documents including CV and references to: Alexander.email@example.com. Posted: February 14, 2017
Research Technician, Harvard Medical School
I lead a group at Harvard Medical School focusing on CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and stem cell biology, and I am looking for a research technician to work in my lab. Our lab uses advanced genome editing and genomic screening techniques to understand how transcription factors dictate cell fate. Our eventual goal is to build computationally predictive models of cell differentiation that would enable us to turn stem cells into therapeutically relevant cell types such as pancreatic beta cells. We have invented several high-throughput genome editing assays that we are now applying to this goal, and we collaborate closely with David Gifford’s computational lab at MIT to build computational algorithms that predict stem cell activity. The research technician position would involve stem cell culture, genome editing, genomic analysis, and molecular biology. A strong biology background and prior lab experience are required but not necessarily in the techniques mentioned above. I have previously trained several technicians who have moved on to MD/PhD programs, so I am looking for someone who could commit 2 years to an exciting research position to prepare them for graduate school. If interested, please email your resume to Rich Sherwood at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted Feb 2017
McLean Hospital is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital committed to providing easy access to superior quality, cost-effective mental health services in the Boston area, Massachusetts and beyond. Since 1811, McLean Hospital has been a world leader in the treatment of mental illness and chemical dependency, research into the cause of mental illness and the training of generations of mental health care providers. McLean's multidisciplinary programs treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses across the full continuum of care.
Working under the supervision of a Senior Research Assistant, Manager or Principal Investigator and following established policies and procedures, provides assistance on clinical research studies. May be responsible for the following activities: recruiting and evaluating patients for studies; collecting and organizing patient data; scheduling patients for study visits; performing clinical tests such as phlebotomy, EKG’s, etc; maintaining and updating data generated by the study.
Posted Feb 2, 2017
Research Associate in Dr. Feng Zhang's lab at the Broad Institute
The Zhang Lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is looking for a highly-motivated individual to work as a full-time Research Associate within a highly creative and dynamic research team of scientists, engineers, and life science entrepreneurs. The individual will participate in research projects for a new faculty member. The laboratory uses a wide range of techniques including molecular, optical, computational, biochemical, electrophysiological and genetic approaches to develop and apply new technologies to the study of brain function and diseases and novel genome editing techniques.
Neuroscience Research Technicians, Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center
Post-Graduate Research Associate - Yale University
Post-graduate research associate in the Hoffman lab at the Yale Child Study Center (www.hoffmanlab.net) studying the genetics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) using a zebrafish model system. The appointee will assist the principal investigator in multiple aspects of the research project. These include: 1. Genotyping zebrafish carrying mutations in genes that are strongly associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); 2. Performing phenotyping assays to identify abnormalities in brain development and behavior in zebrafish mutants of ASD risk genes; and 3. Conducting larval behavioral assays. The post-graduate associate will gain skills in molecular biology and genetics.
• Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, or Neuroscience
• Demonstrated record of academic achievement
• Past experience in basic science research
• Highly motivated and organized
• Strong work ethic
• GPA >3.5
• Preferred, not required: Prior experience with zebrafish or other aquaculture experienceApplication Instructions:
Send resume, cover letter describing interest in the position, unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation to email@example.com. Posted: Feb 2017
Using big data to improve the world’s health
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington offers a Post-Bachelor Fellowship in Global Health that combines a full-time professional position, academic research, and education with progressive on-the-job training and mentoring from a renowned group of professors. As a PBF, you will join a community of passionate researchers using creativity to solve complex global health problems. This program provides Post-Bachelor Fellows the option to pursue a fully funded Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.healthdata.org/post-bachelor-fellowship
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98121. Posted Feb 2017