The Renthal Lab is actively seeking a Research Assistant who holds an undergraduate degree and possesses fundamental experience in scientific research. Our ideal candidate should demonstrate a keen interest in two specific areas: the development of the skeletal system, including bone formation, and the study of diseases affecting bone density.
Our laboratory’s primary focus revolves around unraveling the intricacies of childhood bone development and growth, with a particular emphasis on promoting healthy mineralization to foster the creation of a robust skeleton. We are enthusiastic about collaborating with young individuals who harbor aspirations for careers in the field of basic science. We offer mentorship opportunities aimed at nurturing your scientific inquiry skills, honing your technical proficiency in molecular biology and biochemistry, and steering your career development towards a future marked by rigorous, hypothesis-driven scientific exploration.
In this role, under the close supervision of experienced researchers, you will undertake a diverse range of laboratory tasks, encompassing routine and specialized experimental procedures, specimen preparations, and data analysis to advance our research objectives. You will also gain hands-on experience with specialized laboratory equipment, aiding in the interpretation and utilization of data generated by these instruments.
This Research Assistant I will be responsible for:
- Performs a variety of routine laboratory experiments and procedures, utilizing standard laboratory equipment, recording and checking results for completeness and accuracy, according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.
- Assists in troubleshooting experimental procedures.
- Performs techniques typically required for the laboratory/study:
- Maintains records of results and methodologies in a log of work performed.
- Maintains equipment, lab area and supplies in a neat professional manner.
- Sterilize and clean glassware, prepare media and other materials using appropriate procedures.
- Inventories supplies alerts supervisor to needed supplies, or mixes standard reagents.
- Processes order for supplies and/or animals. Attends courses in safety procedures for handling, storage and disposal of biohazardous, flammable, corrosive and toxic materials.
- Carries out all laboratory activities in compliance with applicable regulations and protocols.
- Conducts literature searches and reviews, compiling information for journals and suggesting uses for new techniques to the P.I.
- Attends courses, lectures and conferences to further own knowledge of research and laboratory techniques, consulting with other researchers and technicians to exchange information.
- Contributes to the team within and between departments and organizations.
In order to qualify you must:
- Have a Bachelor’s Degree in STEM and interest in Bone/Skeletal Biology
- Experience in a basic science laboratory
- Analytical skills to resolve problems that require the use of basic scientific, mathematical, or technical principles
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Boston Children’s Hospital offers competitive compensation and unmatched benefits including flexible schedules, affordable health, vision and dental insurance, child care and student loan subsidies, generous levels of time off, 403(b) Retirement Savings plan, Pension, Tuition and certain License and Certification Reimbursement, cell phone plan discounts and discounted rates on T-passes. Experience the benefits of passion and teamwork.