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Job ID: 182714

Research Assistant
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 31, 2022
Title Research Assistant
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department The Trustees of Tufts College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory


Silklab is an interdisciplinary research lab that investigates materials at the interface between technology and life sciences. The laboratory’s goal is to provide innovation and solutions of global societal impact through advances in naturally derived, abundant, sustainable materials.


This Research Assistant opportunity involves a collaboration project with an industrial partner involved with global consumer electronics and technology. Join us to be part of an interdisciplinary team with expertise in technological applications of biomaterials and with opportunity for professional development and growth. We aim to empower the success of our researchers to become leaders in their fields.


What You'll Do

This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.


The Silklab Research Assistant will assist in daily lab maintenance and in the processing, analytical measurement, and characterization of biopolymeric materials. Responsibilities include:

  • Perform troubleshooting of instruments, taking and recording corrective actions, maintenance of equipment in working order.
  • Assist in the setup of new procedures, modification of existing procedures, update of procedure manuals
  • Participate in lab duties maintaining shared lab space
  • GPC, FTIR spectroscopy; SDS-PAGE; UV-Vis; Viscometry/rheology
  • Attends mandatory annual training sessions in fire safety, chemical hygiene, and laboratory HIPAA compliance
  • May participate in training of new employees and students as needed
  • Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills typically acquired by a BS degree in biomedical engineering, bioengineering or related field
  • Wet lab, biological laboratory experience
  • Ability to work accurately, effectively, within a team and independently under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to manage work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; highly self-motivated
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Motivation to learn and grow in scientific expertise
  • Ability to trouble-shoot technical issues
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work while responding flexibly to rapidly changing priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering or related field
  • Background in bio-silk and biomaterials
  • Background in optics, electronics, rapid prototyping
  • Research experience in an academic lab
  • Ability to read scientific literature and adapt/design new protocols
  • Accurate, detailed data and record keeping

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

  • Some night and weekend commitments, including participation in the administrator-on-call rotation is required

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.


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