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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH) Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree



Interested in transforming health care for Parkinsons disease? Join Clemens Scherzer and his team at the Neurogenomics Lab and Parkinson Personalized Medicine Initiative at Brigham & Womens Hospital and Harvard. We use massive data to reinvent health care for Parkinsons disease. The interdisciplinary lab includes computer scientists, biologists, and clinicians. Our goal is to shift medicine for Parkinson from a reactive, one-size-fits-all approach to a predictive, proactive, tailored, and data-driven approach using large-scale genome and biomarkers data. We conduct the Harvard Biomarkers Study, today with more than 2,300 participants one of the largest longitudinal biobanks for Parkinsons in the world. See for more information about our research.
The technician will work closely with the PI, the lab manager, and a computational biologist to discover and validate genes and biomarkers predictive of disease progression and therapeutic response. We are looking for a hardworking, detail oriented, focused candidate, eager to take on projects involving thousands of DNA and blood samples, and able to coordinate with multiple centers. BS or BA is required. Must be able to communicate in excellent English. Good interpersonal skills are required. A 24-month commitment is advantageous.
The complete applications should be emailed to Marilyn Sullivan --- MSULLIVAN70@PARTNERS.ORG --- in addition to the online BWH site application. Applications must include 1) biosketch with GPA and SAT scores (or equivalent), 2) one or two letters of recommendation from professional supervisors (e.g. advisor or previous PI), and 3) contact information for three supervisors (name, institution, phone, email) who are willing to be contacted for reference. Optionally, 4) a half-page letter or assay about the Candidates background and/or interests.


1.Assisting the PI in obtaining IRB approvals (2.5%)
2.Assisting the PI in obtaining Material Transfer Agreements (2.5%)
3.Contacting Collaborators and organizing sample shipment from sites to Scherzer lab
4.Logging and aliquoting and barcoding samples - 20%
5.Extracting RNA and DNA from saliva, brain, blood for genetic and biomarkers studies - 20%
6.Assaying DNA concentration by NanoString and Qubit - 5%
7.DNA and biofluid samples management and tracking, freezer storage, entry into Freezerworks tracking software
8.Processes biospecimens for storage. (10%)
9.Codes and enters data according to written protocol (20%)
10.Assists in the supervision and training of research trainees and summer student(s) in accordance with project demands. (5%)
11.Assists with drafting formats for questionnaires, surveys, interviews and other instruments as needed for research projects, assuring ease in administration and accuracy of data entry (5%)
12.Assists in writing progress reports, human subjects annual reviews, and development and revision of instruments. (5%)
13.Performs all other related duties and assignments as required. (5%)


1.We are looking for a hardworking, detail oriented, focused candidate, eager to take on projects involving thousands of DNA and blood samples, and able to coordinate with multiple centers.
2.BS or BA is required.
3.Strong verbal and written communication in English
4.Good interpersonal skills are required.
5.A 24-month commitment is preferred.
6.Proficiency in writing, excellent verbal and written communication.
7.Molecular biology laboratory research experience is preferred.
8.No specific license/certification or registration is required.


1.Must be able to take on projects involving thousands of DNA and blood samples
2.Must be able to coordinate with multiple investigators and multiple centers.
3.Must have interpersonal skills to interact in a friendly, clear, and organized manner.
4.Must be detailed and able to prioritize and organize work responsibilities.
5.Must possess integrity to maintain confidentiality.
6.Must demonstrate accuracy in recording data.
7.Must be able to make independent judgments under general supervision for the above mentioned job duties and responsibilities.
8.Must have good command of the English language and be interested in genetic and omics research.
9.Must be willing to precisely collect data and enter into an electronic data base.
10.Must be willing to help others as needed.


1.Works in normal laboratory environment and hospital clinic where there are no discomforts due to extreme temperature, dust, and the like.
2.Hazardous materials are used in some of the experiments conducted.
3.Human tissue will be used (including blood, CSF, autopsy brain).


May participate in training personnel, though not in a traditional supervisory capacity

Brigham and Womens Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.

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