Research Assistant II, Vavvas Lab
Boston, MA 
Posted 16 days ago
Job Description


Full Time with Benefits and 50% off the MBTA pass.

The Lab is open 7 days per week with animal care needs to be completed by the Research Assistant II, we follow lab animal care protocols daily, this teammate will run the lab daily and should have experience with mice to manage a mouse colony.

The Research Assistant position involves both research and administrative responsibilities. Under the supervision of the Senior Laboratory Manager, the Research Assistant conducts independent and collaborative research involving in vivo animal studies, molecular biology, cell cultures, and histology. Administrative duties, include (but are not limited to) maintenance of laboratory inventories, ordering laboratory supplies, biohazardous shipping, oversees maintenance of laboratory equipment, and attends laboratory meetings.

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Role Functions

  1. Under the direction of the Senior Laboratory Manager, conducts collaborative and independent research requiring animal surgery, molecular biology, cell culture, and histology.
  2. Completes appropriate training for each research project. Adheres to all Institution policies and procedures, attends annual training sessions, and additional trainings if needed.
  3. Maintains accurate records of research findings and results in a detailed up-to-date laboratory notebook.
  4. Maintains folder with current, up-to-date protocols.
  5. Participates in weekly laboratory meetings and presents findings (schedule determined by Senior Laboratory Manager).
  6. Completes animal training as required and stays up to date with all new animal protocols and procedures.
  7. Performs animal surgery and imaging on live animals (ie., slit lamp, fundus imaging, optical coherence tomography (OCT).
  8. Oversees the management of the mouse colony and maintains detailed records, ensuring all lines are breeding well and animal numbers match the needs of ongoing studies.
  9. Completes and/or coordinates the collection, processing and storage of experimental samples, and maintains a detailed record for future use.
  10. Maintains multiple laboratory inventories: purchasing, chemical, animal, drug and biological materials.
  11. Oversees maintenance of -80 freezer, -20 fridge and 4 fridge. This includes on call responsibilities in the event of after hour freezer failures.
  12. Performs ordering for the laboratory, completing the necessary training, and creating and managing all purchase orders.
  13. Oversees the shipping and receiving of biohazardous material from and to the lab and stays current with all required training.
  14. Under the direction of the Senior Laboratory Manager, will oversee the orientation and training of new staff who join the Angiogenesis lab.
  15. Attends seminars and symposiums as opportunities arise, when not interfering with experiments.
  16. Performs other laboratory related functions as required or directed.

About Us

As a not-for-profit organization, Mass General Brigham is committed to supporting patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community by leading innovation across our system. Founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare supports a complete continuum of care including community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Several of our hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and our system is a national leader in biomedical research.

We're focused on a people-first culture for our system's patients and our professional family. That's why we provide our employees with more ways to achieve their potential. Partners HealthCare is committed to aligning our employees' personal aspirations with projects that match their capabilities and creating a culture that empowers our managers to become trusted mentors. We support each member of our team to own their personal development-and we recognize success at every step.

Our employees use the Mass General Brigham values to govern decisions, actions and behaviors. These values guide how we get our work done: Patients, Affordability, Accountability & Service Commitment, Decisiveness, Innovation & Thoughtful Risk; and how we treat each other: Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity & Respect, Learning, Continuous Improvement & Personal Growth, Teamwork & Collaboration.



  • Bachelor's degree with research expertise (2+ years).
  • Knowledge of animal handling, experiment planning, computer skills, and data analysis skills.
    • Experience running a mouse colony in a lab is preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of medical terminology helpful.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Well organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Working Conditions

Work will primarily take place in a research laboratory setting, as well as within the Animal Facility. Job may require exposure to bio-hazardous or toxic substances, as well as, Blood Borne Pathogens.

Physical requirements

Position requires alertness and manual dexterity.

EEO Statement

Massachusetts Eye and Ear is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from harassment or discrimination. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, age, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, sex, pregnancy or conditions related to pregnancy, national origin/ancestry, citizenship, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, training, and career development programs.

Primary Location: MA-Boston-MEI Mass Eye and Ear 325 Cambridge St
Work Locations:
MEI Mass Eye and Ear 325 Cambridge St
325 Cambridge St
Boston 02114
Job: Research - Other
Organization: Mass. Eye and Ear (MEE)
Schedule: Full-time
Standard Hours: 40
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Recruiting Department: MEI Vavvas Lab
Job Posting: Jan 18, 2022


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
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