Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S. Visit to learn more about working at HHMI


We are looking for an energetic and highly organized research assistant interested in human genetics and cortical development. The position will involve assisting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students on molecular aspects of human genetics and related research. As a NIH and HHMI funded lab at Children's Hospital Boston, our research is focused on the elucidation of fundamental mechanisms governing development of the human cerebral cortex. We use human genetics and animal models in conjunction with the latest molecular tools in our investigation of neuronal development.


Potential candidates should have a Bachelor's degree in biology or related field, experience in working in a molecular biology lab, good problem solving skills, excellent organizational skills, and enjoy working as part of a team. We are looking for candidates who are able to make a 2-year commitment to the position.

As a member of the research staff your duties and responsibilities would include:

• Working with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other staff members on research projects

• Using and understanding a wide variety of molecular protocols including DNA sequencing, rtPCR, microsatellite analysis, and others.

• Data analysis.

• Extract DNA, RNA, and proteins from blood and tissue samples.

• Work with experimental animals

• Maintain equipment.

• Perform general lab maintenance.

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