Senior Research Assistant / Day / 40 Hrs / BWH Neurology
Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH)

Boston, Massachusetts

Posted in Health and Safety

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The Renthal Lab is seeking a highly motivated research scientist for a role in our effort to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying chronic pain and developing novel gene therapies for treating it. We are looking for a talented and curious individual with molecular and cell biology and/or neuroscience experience, strong organizational skills, and the ability to attain a high degree of independence in a dynamic and stimulating research environment. The successful applicant will work closely with Dr. Renthal, the principal investigator, on current projects and help develop new projects to pursue independently or in collaboration with other investigators in the lab. She/he should be highly motivated to ask and answer research questions and contribute as a co-author/co-inventor on these studies. This will require the ability to design and perform experiments and to interpret experimental results. Our laboratory uses range of methods that span from animal models/systems neuroscience to single-cell transcriptional/epigenomic analyses. The successful applicant should have a strong background in at least one of these areas, and be passionate about learning new approaches. 10-20% of the successful applicant's time will be assisting Dr. Renthal with lab administration, including supervision of staff activities, maintaining animal protocols and lab safety, inventory management, and contributing to a positive and scholarly atmosphere in the lab. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to hire and/or oversee a junior research assistant.


  • Carries out independent research projects, which involve the execution of highly, sophisticated techniques. Maintains detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Reports on work in progress at weekly meetings and interprets experiment results in conference with other researchers.
  • Reviews literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and apply learnings to related research.
  • Contributes to scientific literature and publications of findings as needed. May present the results at hospital and outside meetings.
  • Supervises operation of the laboratory, including overseeing the use of laboratory funds, supply inventory and staff activities.
  • Manages all lab personnel, including hiring, firing, performance evaluation, disciplinary action, orientation and training.
  • Responsible for financial management of research lab. Develops budgets, analyzes trends, produces reports. Additionally participates in all aspects of grant writing and proposals.
  • Responsible for the coordination of all regulatory, compliance, and safety activities for the lab.
  • Participates in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, protocols, and proposals.
  • Trains staff in specialized lab techniques.
  • Provides general lab support as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Responsible for supervising staff including hiring, evaluating, and disciplining. Will orient and train new staff members.

  • BS required, MS or PhD preferred
  • Computational proficiency with Microsoft Office. Experience with UNIX, R and/or Python helpful but not required.
  • Minimum of 4 years of work experience.
  • Must be able to make independent, effective decisions in appropriate situations.
  • Must possess a scientific imagination commensurate with the independent execution of research
  • projects.
  • Must have aptitude for technical problem solving.
  • Ability to effectively supervise others.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Demonstrate aptitude in foresight, planning, and ability to organize as required by research.
  • General understanding of scientific principles.
  • Excellent organizational skills to ensure smooth functioning of lab.
  • Willing to learn new techniques.
  • Comfortable handling small animals.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and ability to logically sequence experiments to maximize research.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication abilities.
  • Must possess aptitude for budget management.
  • High level of computer literacy.

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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