Joslin Diabetes Center

Research Assistant (Genetics & Epidemiology)

Location US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 1 month ago(1/22/2018 9:09 AM)
Job ID
# Positions
Research - Research


The Research Assistant (Genetics and Epidemiology) will be involved in exciting research projects aimed to find the genes for type 2 diabetes and its cardiovascular complications.


We are seeking a self-motivated and independent worker who is capable of conducting an independent research project but also of working in a collaborative team.


Responsibilities include performing molecular genetic techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, DNA cloning, mutation screening, manual and automated genotyping), participating in lab management, and monitoring laboratory safety. The successful candidate will also assist in completing projects for the Molecular Phenotyping and Genotyping Core (MPGC). MPGC provides services to Joslin and the Harvard community including, but not limited to DNA extraction, preparation of DNA aliquots from the Core’s repository, SNP genotyping, and next-generation sequencing library preparation.


Click here to learn more about the exciting work being done in this lab.


  • Organize and work on projects which utilize molecular genetic techniques (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, DNA cloning, mutation screening, manual and automated genotyping)
  • Record and analyze data using specialized softwares.
  • Maintain and preserve the integrity of laboratory equipment by ensuring its proper use
  • Order materials needed by laboratory staff, making sure that all orders are within the laboratory budget
  • Monitor radioisotope and biohazardous material usage, handling, and disposal
  • Utilize cost comparisons to evaluate various vendors and devise the most cost effective ways of carrying out laboratory procedures
  • Work with and assist other individuals in the laboratory on collaborations with other projects


  • Bachelors degree in Biology or closely related field
  • Experience in molecular genetic techniques as an undergrad is preferred 
  • Ability (or able to learn and become proficient) in DNA extractions

  • Ability (or able to learn and become proficient) in PCR and SNP genotyping

  • Ability (or able to learn and become proficient) in NGS library preparation

  • Able to monitor general lab safety, biohazard material usage and ensure proper disposal of lab wastes


Joslin Diabetes Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed