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The Doan Laboratory within the Division of Genetic and Genomics at Boston Children's Hospital is looking for strong Research Assistant applications from highly motivated individuals with an interest in translational genomics of neurodevelopmental disorders. The Doan lab is focused improving the understanding of the underlying genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, OCD, and Dyslexia). Mental health disorders impact social and cognitive functioning and encompass many phenotypes including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Despite being highly heritable conditions that impact an estimated 4.4% of people, the phenotypic heterogeneity is a persistent challenge to gene discovery. Our prior studies suggest that much of the undiscovered genetic risk for these conditions lies in noncoding regions or in somatic cells. We strive to improve the clinical testing for impacted families through a combination of clinical and evolutionary methodologies including rigorous large-scale data generation (DNA, RNA, epigenetic), functional validation, and evolutionary analyses of genomic regions regulating human neural development. We are seeking an energetic and highly organized Research Assistant with an interest in neurodevelopmental disorders.
The ideal candidate should be able to work independently or within small groups. The successful candidate will participate work directly with patients and families for research enrollment and all aspects of the research project, including experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of manuscripts.
This Research Assistant I will be responsible for:
According to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules, performs a variety of routine laboratory experiments and procedures, utilizing standard laboratory equipment, recording and checking results for completeness and accuracy.
Assists in troubleshooting procedures if experimental results are unexpected or quality of specimens is poor.
Performs the techniques typically required for the laboratory/study:
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.
To qualify, you must have:
Bachelor's degree in biology or related field
Interest in genetic counseling
Experience in working in a molecular biology lab
Good problem-solving skills
Excellent organizational and communication skills
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
Boston Children's Hospital 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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