Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7087030
Posted: October 12, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Churchman laboratory focuses on understanding transcription and mRNA processing regulation using high-resolution genomic techniques.

We are seeking an individual as a Research Assistant to conduct experimental research in modern molecular genetics in mammalian cell cultures and yeast. In addition, the individual will perform all lab management duties, including maintaining supplies, preparing common lab reagents, and maintaining lab organization. The individual will be responsible for working with lab members and subcontractors to ensure that the labs are highly functioning workplaces. The majority of the individual’s duties will lie in conducting research projects at a high level in collaboration with other lab members. This is an entry level, research assistant position that will require oversight from lab members or direct supervision from the PI.

The position would be ideal for a pre-graduate student with an interest in genomics, genetics and/or molecular biology. For more information regarding research in the Churchman lab, please see:

Additional Information: This is a grant-funded position for one year with the possibility of renewal.

Basic Qualifications

At least one year related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor's preferred. A strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry, cellular biology, and/or genetics is needed, including at least one year of experience on a lab-based research project, either as an undergraduate thesis or post-graduate work. Additional research experience is preferred. Demonstrated abilities in basic laboratory techniques helpful, but not required. Exposure to applicable computer technologies, including specific software applications, may be required. Appropriate communications skills required. Laboratory experience in genetics, molecular biology, or biochemistry is ideal. Particularly relevant laboratory experience would include: (i) construction of genomic libraries for large-scale DNA sequencing; (ii) real-time PCR; (iii) DNA/RNA extraction and analysis; (iv) molecular cloning; (v) immunoprecipitation, (vi) bioinformatics and (vii) yeast strain construction (viii) mammalian cell culture and genome editing. Familiarity with advanced laboratory techniques and principles of molecular biology is desired. Additional qualifications include: excellent written and oral communication abilities; computer proficiency; and, strong organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task and the ability to work in teams in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

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.

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.