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Lab Administration Research Technician– Kajimura Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Boston, Massachusetts
$20.78 - $33.79 per hour
Closing date
25 Aug 2024

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Applied Science
Job Type
Research Assistant
Employment - Hours
Full time

The lab of Dr. Shingo Kajimura at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center wants to understand how our body maintains energy metabolism in response to environmental stress, such as nutrition and temperature, and how regulatory circuits go wrong in metabolic diseases.  Kajimura and his team are particularly interested in metabolic organs, such as adipose tissue, muscle, and liver, that dynamically remodel cellular composition and metabolism following external and internal cues. Metabolic reprogramming plays a central role in energy homeostasis, as a bioenergetic defect in these metabolic organs leads to obesity, dyslipidemia, and insulin resistance. The team’s overarching goal is to generate a blueprint for rewiring bioenergetics by defined factors, thereby restoring metabolic health. This work will have a fundamental impact on understanding metabolism, cancer, and aging. More information about the lab and their work can be found by visiting

About the role:
As the Lab Admin Research Technician you will provide administrative and technical support to Dr. Kajimura and his laboratory staff.  Ensure adequate supplies for experimental needs.  Oversee equipment maintenance.  Serve as liaison to HHMI and host institution administrative offices.  May support laboratory research and procedures by performing routine experimental techniques such as preparation of media and stock solutions or maintaining insect, cell lines, etc. 

What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits

  • Joining the vibrant scientific communities of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and the Broad Institute.

  • Access to HHMI’s Udemy on-demand training courses and interactive skill-building seminars taught by members of our learning and organization development team

  • Opportunities for mentorship and professional development

What you’ll do:

  • Maintain laboratory consumables and reagents inventories. Order and receive supplies and equipment.

  • Act as liaison between laboratory and host safety offices to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations. Coordinate amendments and renewals for lab permits, licenses, and protocols.

  • Oversee service contracts and repairs of laboratory equipment.  Maintain records of asset locations and participate in periodic asset inventories.

  • Act as liaison between lab and HHMI and host institution administrative offices on issues such as procurement, MTAs, lab staff transitions, visas, budgets, use of host accounts, etc.

  • The chosen candidate is welcome to engage in science projects if interested.

  • Attend and participate in weekly lab meetings.

  • Create process improvements for the lab.

What you bring:

  • A bachelor's degree in a scientific field.  

  • Foundational understanding of biology is required, but previous lab experience is not required. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills with strong attention to detail.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work groups by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Proactive, professional, and self-motivated approach to work with an eagerness to learn and grow.

  • Computer skills with demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is preferred.

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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