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Research Assistant

Under direct supervision, the Research Assistant will help with the routine tasks and facilitate the ongoing work under the direction of Lab Head or Research Associate.

The position will involve working with small animals (mice), and any surgical experience is a plus. Willing to learn and conduct brain microsurgeries for small animals, including but not limited to surgeries for stroke, and vascular dementia model.


  • Carry out experiments and research according to protocols laid out by primary researchers.
  • Support the maintenance of the laboratory’s animal colony (e.g. tagging animals and taking blood or tissue samples, weighing mice, weaning litters, setting up breeders etc.)
  • Collect and log experimental data.
  • Assist in conducting statistical analyses of data sets.
  • Prepare graphs and spreadsheets to portray results.
  • Create presentation slides and posters to help researchers’ present findings.
  • Review print and online resources to gather information.
  • Check facts, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy.
  • Troubleshoots and maintains equipment, computer programs and schedules repairs if necessary
  • Attend lab meeting, presenting data and journal articles as scheduled.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or Neuroscience, or a related discipline.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Animal handling and surgery experience preferred, but not required
  • Previous experience with molecular biology (including molecular cloning, PCR, DNA extraction and purification), and cell cultures.
  • Experience with immunohistochemistry and microscopy.
  • Experience in behavioral neuroscience.
  • Any surgical experience is a bonus.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and database management preferred
  • Ability to work with small animals (mice)
  • Familiarity with basic laboratory instruments and equipment – in a laboratory setting.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (communicate clearly and effectively via verbal and written instruction)
  • Attention to detail and ability to concentrate on multiple tasks
  • Detail oriented, with the ability to prioritize responsibilities – through completion
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other members of the lab, professional staff, and external contacts

Joslin is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minority/Female/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans. Joslin values diversity and inclusion, and we encourage diversity applicants.

Joslin Diabetes Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and it is the policy of Joslin to prohibit discrimination of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, marital/parental status, disability status, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.