Research Assistant I

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7180422 (Ref.No. hh-63722BR)
Posted: September 20, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description
Located in Boston, Harvard Medical School is a world-renowned research and training University.

This position will assist scientists in performing basic research. For an overview of research in the Rudner Lab please visit:

The Rudner Lab in the Department of Microbiology at Harvard Medical School is recruiting a research assistant to study how bacteria build their cell envelope with the goal of identifying new targets for antibiotic development. The lab uses genetic, molecular, and biochemical approaches to understand how bacteria assemble their envelope and respond to antibiotic exposure. We are seeking an individual excited to study molecular biology and basic science research. The successful candidate will assist with general lab management, preparation of reagents and recombinant enzymes, and ordering of lab supplies. Additionally, applicants will work closely with all members of the lab, participate and present in lab meetings, and have the opportunity to pursue an individual research project and co-author publications. You will learn how to manipulate bacterial genomes, build strains, and characterize mutants using in vivo assays and fluorescence microscopy. We are looking for candidates that have at least one year of availability.
Basic Qualifications
  • College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline.
  • At least one year of laboratory experience (relevant coursework may count towards experience).
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or related field preferred.
  • Experience in molecular biology (PCR, cloning, bacterial transformation) is preferred.
  • Must be reliable and organized.
  • Must be self-motivated to work independently and work positively as part of a research group.
Additional Information
This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position. 

This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

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

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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