Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7087031
Posted: October 12, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Liberles Lab at Harvard Medical School seeks a motivated assistant to support research efforts in sensory neuroscience. The lab's focus is on understanding the vagus nerve - a major communication axis between the brain and body that helps monitor the physiological state of internal organs. Through genetic and molecular approaches, they investigate how the vagus nerve regulate vitals functions like breathing, heart rate and digestion. The successful candidate will assist directly with research on the vagus nerve and airway physiology in mice, and will perform experiments with oversight from a postdoctoral fellow. Further information about the lab can be found on their website:

Duties include:

- Work efficiently and cooperatively to assist postdoc with experiments.
-Collect, process, log and communicate experimental results related to the project using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or business communication applications.
-Assist with other support duties relating to the project, including cleaning equipment, preparing buffers or ordering supplies.
-Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area.
-Under direction, perform laboratory experiments related to sensory neuroscience, including optogenetics, neuronal mapping, imaging, behavioral analysis, mouse colony maintenance, histochemistry, and measurements of autonomic physiology.

Basic Qualifications

College background with coursework and laboratory experience in the biological sciences or related disciplines.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Strong analytical, communication and organizational skills are required. At least one year of experience working in a research lab is expected, preferably in the fields of neuroscience, molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry or genetics. Prior experience handling mice is also preferred.

Additional Information

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

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

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.