Research Technician I

Washington, District of Columbia-Washington
Aug 19, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
Analyst, Research
Full Time
The Research Technician I will perform a variety of routine and specialized laboratory tests, specimen preparations, and experimental procedures for the purpose of research as directed.

A position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Nikki Posnack at Children's National Hospital (Washington, DC) within the Heart Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Our interdisciplinary team explores normal cardiac physiology and investigates how external influences alter cardiac function. Members of our lab are scientifically curious and highly collaborative - working as a team on our NIH-funded research project. This position will largely focus on optical mapping, electrophysiology techniques, and relevant data analysis.

Applicants with experience in imaging modalities, electrical engineering, signal and/or image processing, Python or Matlab programming are encouraged to apply. Please highlight any previous experience in your cover letter. Applicants should have a degree in biomedical engineering, physiology, electrical engineering, or a similar field. For hiring flexibility, the open position is listed as a Research Technician, to allow for applicants with a BS, MS or recently awarded PhD degree. Applicants should indicate their level of experience when applying.


Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Bachelor's degree with a major in basic science or related field desired. .

Minimum Work Experience
0 years

Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 1-2 years of related experience desired. No supervisory experience required. (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Possesses strong mathematical skills and an inquiring attitude. Basic knowledge of lab safety and use of basic lab equipment desired. Attend lab seminars to further research knowledge.

Functional Accountabilities

1. Plan, conduct, and manage search projects within the federal and institutional regulations and policies under the direction of the principal investigator.
2. Responsible for appropriate use of research funds and resources.
3. Comply with all annual job-related training requirements.
4. Conduct literature search as directed.

Laboratory Work
1. Perform routine tests under the direction of principal investigator or supervisor.
2. Record and check results for completeness and accuracy.
3. Perform tasks that may require familiarity with fundamental techniques and equipment.
4. Compile information from lab notebooks and journals.
5. Attend courses, seminars, and lab meetings to expand knowledge of research and laboratory techniques.

Project Planning
1. Assist with planning specific research protocols and procedures.
2. Coordinate schedules of tests and procedures.
3. Assist staff to develop and troubleshoot new techniques and ideas.

1. Maintain a log of work performed;
2. Prepare charts, graphs, and results of studies; compile and help analyze data.
3. Maintain all required records, reports, statistics, etc.; prepare summary reports as requested.
4. Maintain and update department policies in regard to procedures, objectives, safety etc.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met


1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others' ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things


1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Children's National Health System is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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