Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7086603
Posted: October 5, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Assist in a productive neuroscience and genetics laboratory, supporting bench research, transgenic mouse colony maintenance, and laboratory management. The Research Technician follows established practices and procedures to accomplish molecular biological and tissue analyses. Such research is expected to be conducted effectively by maintaining accurate records of experiments and analyses performed, conducting relevant literature searches, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of current methods of experimentation. Duties will include various recombinant DNA techniques, tissue processing, and sophisticated cell and tissue imaging using different forms of microscopy. Duties around transgenic mouse colony maintenance will involve following established practices and procedures that involve a general ability to handle mice, learn to recognize mouse health problems, apply identification ear tags, genotype for transgenes, track mouse strains and cage numbers, and work with lab colleagues to expand versus contract animal numbers based on experimental need and budget. These activities can be complex and thus require accuracy, reliability, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage a large database. Laboratory management duties will involve ordering lab supplies and reagents, tracking budgeted spending and inventory, and engage in lab safety regulation. Skills in PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Adobe applications such as Illustrator and Photoshop are helpful.

Basic Qualifications

One year of related work experience (relevant course work may count toward some, but not all, required work experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor’s degree is preferred, along with at least one year of experience working in a lab environment that includes handling mice. Basic knowledge of genetics is helpful.
Must be computer proficient with Microsoft Office, some programming experience preferred. Must possess excellent organizational skills and be able to work efficiently alone and with others. Must be self-motivated, reliable, detail-oriented, and possess good communication skills.

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position from date of hire with possibility of extension, contingent on work performance and continued funding to support the position.

Offer contingent on successful completion of pre-placement medical evaluation.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.