Joslin Diabetes Center

  • Research Assistant (Integrative Physiology & Metabolism)

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/19/2018 4:46 PM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Research - Research
  • Overview

    We are seeking a motivated individual Research Assistant (Integrative Physiology and Metabolism) with a background in biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology or exercise science to join our team and work in a cutting edge, dynamic and exciting laboratory.


    Our work investigates the basic mechanisms by which exercise has beneficial effects on health. This includes studies of skeletal muscle signaling and metabolism as related to diabetes, adipose tissue biology, and the effects of maternal exercise on offspring metabolic health. Our experiments use a wide variety of research methods and procedures. The major component of the job will be genotyping mice, cell culture experiments, muscle incubation studies, and experiments of in vivo metabolism. 



    • Handling small laboratory animals, including weighing and taking tail blood for glucose tolerance tests.
    • Maintenance of the transgenic animal colonies.
    • Genotype mice and maintain up to date records and inventories.
    • Grow, maintain and assay multiple cell lines in culture.
    • Tissue collection and processing of samples perform western blotting, ELISAs, biochemical assays, qPCR as well as other duties as assigned.
    • Prepare various reports for presentation of data in laboratory meetings.
    • Maintain a clearly written and organized experimental notebook.
    • Assist in the generation and maintenance of various databases
    • Assist in the maintenance of laboratory equipment and order supplies as necessary
    • Work collaboratively with others in the coordination of various protocols and procedures.
    • Work effectively and constructively with other members of other research groups at the Joslin and with our collaborators at other institutions.
    • Effectively organize work schedule to accomplish the completion of multiple tasks or multiple experimental procedures.
    • Take responsibility for planning experiments and contributing to the overall organization of the laboratory in order to effectively utilize work time.
    • Dispose of chemical and biohazardous wastes safely,
    • Regularly communicate with the JDC Safety Office to ensure compliance with all Safety protocols.
    • Maintain records of radioactivity use and disposal.


    • B.S./B.A in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Exercise Science
    • Significant demonstrated undergraduate practical experience with relevant laboratory methods
    • Experience with cell culture techniques
    • Physically handle and work with small animals 
    • Attention to detail and ability to concentrate on tasks
    • Outstanding organizational skills
    • The ability to work collaboratively with all members of the team
    • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)


    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.


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