Cardiac Electrophysiology Research Scientist 8/10/2016

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) Boston, MA

Company
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
3022832
AJE Ref #
575838417
Location
Boston, MA
Experience
Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
Doctoral Degree

JOB DESCRIPTION

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The Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking a staff scientist to oversee the activities of a cardiac electrophysiology experimental animal research facility.

Under minimal supervision and using excellent discretion and judgment, this person will be responsible for ensuring efficient operation of the experimental animal lab of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service. The candidate will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day performance of the lab, including design and performance of electrophysiologic experiments in large animals including arrhythmia mapping, ablation, device implantation and survival surgeries. The candidate will be responsible for supervising veterinary technicians and working closely with cardiology staff and fellow trainees.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Work collaboratively with investigators, post-doctoral fellows, and cardiac electrophysiology fellows to devise and implement experiments in the animal facility

* Perform minimally invasive procedures on large animals such as catheterization, device implantation

* Supervise the care of animals during anesthesia and post-operatively

* Monitor animals via telemetry or implanted devices for arrhythmia development, maintenance, and termination

* Supervise the veterinary technicians in the lab

* Supervise the acquisition and timely processing of blood and tissue samples for molecular studies

* Assist veterinarians or investigators with procedures via a thoracotomy or sternotomy

* Assist investigators with mapping arrhythmias via contemporary electoanatomical mapping systems and possibly with optical mapping using voltage sensitive dyes

* Assist laboratory staff with troubleshooting issues pertaining to instrumentation and laboratory studies.

* Develop laboratory procedures and protocols.

* Customize existing laboratory protocols and data acquisition equipment to meet changing experimental goals

* Keep meticulous records of all animal experiments

* Analyze arrhythmia mapping data, imaging data, histologic images, and molecular data

* Ensure that appropriate standard operating procedures are followed to maintain a safe working environment, working within prescribed protocols for chemical and biological hazards

* Monitor ordering and appropriate allocation of billing to grant accounts

* Ensure compliance with IACUC regulations governing the conduct of animal experimentation

* Ensure that research study samples are collected appropriately and in a timely fashion

* Oversee the maintenance of the laboratory

* Communicate effectively both in writing and orally with investigators, collaborators, and members of the lab

* Ordering and maintaining inventory for laboratory.

* Responsible for economical use of resources and time.

* Responsible for collecting cost, billing analysis data and timekeeping via Kronos.

SPECIAL PROJECTS AND KEY OBJECTIVES.

Troubleshoot and suggest improvements to experimental design and execution, work flow and work load distribution.



QUALIFICATIONS:

* Masters or PhD degree in biology, engineering, or related field required.

* Minimum of 3-4 years of related experience preferred.

* Experience with large animal models of cardiac pathology/cardiac electrophysiology required.

* Experience working with large animals required.

* Ability to troubleshoot complex experimental systems required.

* Experience with common arrhythmias, arrhythmia mapping systems, pacing, optical mapping, fluoroscopic and echo systems, as well as similar technologies common to electrophysiology preferred.


SKILLS/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

* Proficient in verbal and written English.

* Outstanding interpersonal skills

* Ability to function independently as well as with a team

* Ability to prioritize large workload

* Excellent independent judgment

* Excellent organizational skills.

* Strong problem-solving skills.


WORKING CONDITIONS:

Fast paced, high volume at times, work environment.

Works with potentially infectious biohazardous materials. May be exposed to unpleasant or irritating chemical elements, odors, and biohazards due to various types of animal materials such as blood, urine, body fluids, feces, etc. Environment may also be noisy or crowded, with temperature variations.
The Cardiac Arrhythmia Service research animal laboratory has a variety of environmental conditions. Specifically, employees may be exposed to noise, dust, chemicals, extreme heat, and animal waste products. The duration of exposure to any of the above is dependent on the experimental procedures. The candidate will need to be able to potentially stand for several hours at a time. Sterile protocols will be followed for many procedures with sterile gowns, gloves, and masks worn during the procedure. Some of the animals encountered may have been treated with biologic agents that could be potentially infectious to the candidate. Appropriate protective clothing and equipment will be required and will be provided, accompanied by appropriate training.
This position may also expose the employee to animals treated with radioactive dyes and other induced conditions as part of approved protocols.
The position may require working occasional weekends depending on experimental schedules.
Employees are expected to conduct all work in a safe manner that includes maintaining knowledge of animal handling techniques consistent with the condition of the animal, protocol, regulations and department policy, including radioactive treatments and bodily fluids.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:
Provides functional guidance to:
Laboratory Technical Staff and Research F ellows in training






QUALIFICATIONS:

* Masters or PhD degree in biology, engineering, or related field required.

* Minimum of 3-4 years of related experience preferred.

* Experience with large animal models of cardiac pathology/cardiac electrophysiology required.

* Experience working with large animals required.

* Ability to troubleshoot complex experimental systems required.

* Experience with common arrhythmias, arrhythmia mapping systems, pacing, optical mapping, fluoroscopic and echo systems, as well as similar technologies common to electrophysiology preferred.


SKILLS/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

* Proficient in verbal and written English.

* Outstanding interpersonal skills

* Ability to function independently as well as with a team

* Ability to prioritize large workload

* Excellent independent judgment

* Excellent organizational skills.

* Strong problem-solving skills.

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.