Research Assistant - Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences-18001609

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Research Assistant - Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences-18001609

This is a limited term position for 1 year. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.

The Allen Discovery Center (see is dedicated to the advancement of basic biology and biomedicine, and to using an integrated approach to control biological structure and function. Through a combination of molecular genetics, biophysics, and computational approaches, researchers at the Center work toward a multi-level control of patterning. Novel technology is being developed to modulate the bioelectric communication that enables cells to coordinate their activities toward specific anatomical and functional outcomes. This new type of epigenetic control has significant implications for developmental biology, evolution, unconventional computation, and synthetic bioengineering. Applications in progress include the repair of birth defects, regenerative medicine, cancer reprogramming, and synthetic biology.

We are seeking a versatile, experienced, and highly motivated Research Assistant, who will report to the Director of our Center. This individual will be a computational biologist, performing independent research to address the goals of the Center, assist other researchers in the Center by making computer models that help explain their biological results, and presenting their results at internal and external meetings. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented, experienced in producing reproducible high-quality simulations and figures/videos of those simulations, able to manage multiple concurrent tasks, and be an excellent verbal and written communicator, especially as it relates to bridging the gap between the data and concepts of ‘wet lab’ biologists and computer modelers, to make useful models of the phenomena they study.
Basic Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related discipline is required, with 2–5 years of experience in an academic or industrial laboratory OR Master’s degree and up to 1 year laboratory experience.
  • In-depth understanding of multiple programing languages and principles of biophysics (especially as it relates to electrophysiology or bioelectrics), and experience with creating and analyzing computer models of biophysical phenomena, is needed for this position.
  • Ability to communicate with biologists and translate their information into computational models, as well as explain the models and their results back to the biologists, and then iterate this cycle to the improvement of the models, is essential.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in computer science or a related discipline preferred.
  • Familiarity with basic statistics, image analysis software, and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop a plus.
  • This individual must be an extremely organized person, with excellent interpersonal and analytical skills.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability to multi-task, be able to work independently, and possess a strong drive toward excellence in achieving an integration of biological data and computational models that explain those results.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Research
Organization: Biology - A&S
Employee Status: Limited Appointment
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Sep 21, 2018, 12:49:54 PM





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Posted: 9/23/2018
Application Due: 10/20/2018
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