Research Assistant I, OBGYN, Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH)

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

The Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital is dedicated to serving women diagnosed with or at high risk of developing gynecologic cancers. Our clinicians provide expert, compassionate care for women and their families. Our clinician-led laboratory is a world leader in diverse research efforts focused on preventing, diagnosing, and treating women's cancers. We have an energetic and hard-working team, and we are looking for a new member who can support both our research and clinical efforts. It is important to us and should be to you as well that you have a passion for improving healthcare and advancing the research enterprise.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual for a full-time research technician position in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Elias. This position sits at the interface between clinical work and basic science and thus requires a diverse skill set including both advanced laboratory technical skills as well as the ability to interact with patients to consent them for research studies and process biologic samples. The ideal candidate will have a solid background in basic laboratory science and an interest in pursuing further studies to become a clinician or translational researcher. Prior laboratory experience is required. A basic background in coding languages is helpful but not required.

The research assistant will be supervised by post-doctoral fellows as well as the principal investigator. The work requires daily interactions with laboratory personnel, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, researchers, and collaborators. Clinical research duties will include presenting research studies to study subjects, retrieving research specimens, processing research specimens, and maintaining the laboratory inventory for specimens. Laboratory research duties will include fabrication running high throughput biomarker assays and in vitro experiments. In vivo work is not required.

Local travel among hospital sites (Brigham and Women's Hospital main campus, Faulkner Hospital, ambulatory clinics) is required. Other travel is not required for this position but travel to research conferences may be offered at the principal investigator's discretion.


Laboratory Work

  • Flow cytometry, liquid handling robot use, and PCR

  • In vitro cell culture

  • Basic computer science coding for running of high throughput assays.

Clinical Research

  • Presenting specimen collection research protocols to potential study subjects.

  • Obtaining and filing informed consent documents from study subjects.

  • Registering patients in a clinical trial.

  • Maintenance and renewals of Institutional Review Board Protocols.

  • Collecting specimens from the clinic or operating room and bringing them to the laboratory for processing.

  • Maintaining research specimen logs and inventory.

  • Providing specimens to collaborator laboratories.

Working Conditions:

  • Laboratory, hospital and office environments.

  • Must be able to provide adequate transportation to Brigham and Women's Hospital.

  • Must be able to carry specimens on ice or dry ice from collection sites to laboratory.

  • Will utilize hospital shuttle services for navigating among hospital sites.

  • 40-hour work week with regular hours, either 8-4 or 9-5.

  • No night, weekend, or holiday work expected.



  • Bachelor's Degree in a relevant scientific discipline required.

  • Knowledge of Windows computers and applications, e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, and PowerPoint required.

  • Experience in a biology laboratory required.

  • Familiarity with computer programming languages required.

  • Fluency in English language at level of native speaker required.


  • Strong organizational skills are essential.

  • Ability to focus on higher level tasks and categorize information.

  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.

  • The preferred candidate will have a demonstrated ability as a self-starter, with a can-do attitude, who enjoys the problem of untangling and organizing data into interpretable units.

  • Ability to take direction and complete assigned tasks.

EEO Statement

BWH is an Affirmative Action Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law. We will ensure that all individuals with a disability are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.
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