Research Assistant II

December 18, 2017

Job Description

General Summary

Under general supervision, performs a variety of routine and specialized laboratory experimental, specimen preparations and experimental procedures for the purpose of research. Utilizes specialized laboratory equipment and analysis of data generated by this equipment.

Values Statement

Embodies the Hospital’s core values in all interactions with patients, families, and colleagues.

Duties Notice

The statements below describe the essential duties of the person or persons assigned to this job. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all job duties and responsibilities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  1. RA I plus; Troubleshoots procedures if experimental results are unexpected or quality of specimens is poor. May suggest alternative routine procedures to crosscheck own findings. Performs techniques typically required for the laboratory/study.
  2. RA I plus. Assists with planning specific research procedures, coordinating schedules of experiments and procedures. Develops and troubleshoots new techniques specific to the lab.
  3. RA I plus. Maintains accurate records of results and methodologies into a log of work performed. Compiles and helps analyze data, preparing charts, graphs, and results of studies.
  4. RA I plus. Demonstrates basic laboratory techniques to laboratory assistants and technicians, research fellows, residents and students.
  5. Contributes to the team within and between departments and organizations.


Minimum Education and Experience

Work requires the knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s degree, AND a minimum of one year of relevant work experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Work requires the analytical skills to resolve complex problems requiring the use of scientific, mathematical, or technical principles and in-depth, experienced-based knowledge.
  2. Work requires the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Certification, Registration, or Licensure Required


Physical Requirements of the Job

  1. Work requires frequently lifting and carrying patients/children and/or objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
  2. Work requires regularly sitting, stooping and bending.
  3. Work requires regularly reaching and grasping objects at, above and below shoulder level.
  4. Work requires regularly grasping and fine manipulation with hands.
  5. Work requires regularly proofreading and checking documents for accuracy.
  6. Work requires regularly inputting/retrieving words or data into or from an automated/computer system.

Blood Borne Pathogen Category

Potential Exposure. Job may require performance of tasks that involve potential exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues. Tasks that do involve exposure are not an expectation of employment.

Boston Children’s Hospital or Dana Farber Cancer Institute are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.

Shimamura Lab

1 Blackfan Circle
Karp 8210
Boston, MA 02115

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Job Function

  • Research

Job Focus

  • Research and Science