Research Assistant II (FT)

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7253171 (Ref.No. hh-65983BR)
Posted: June 8, 2024

Job Description

Position Description
A position for a full-time research assistant is available in a laboratory studying the molecular mechanisms of the mammalian circadian clock.

The Weitz lab uses molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and structural biology to investigate the timekeeping mechanism of the mammalian circadian clock. The focus of our efforts at present is to understand the circadian clock in terms of the integrated functions of its handful of multi-protein machines, recently characterized in our laboratory. This effort is principally based on the purification of endogenous circadian clock protein complexes from mouse tissues and their biochemical analysis and structural study by cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).

The research assistant will help manage our mouse colonies and satellite animal facility and be responsible for some general laboratory management. There will also be opportunities to perform biochemistry experiments and learn about cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structural biology. The exact level of responsibility and mix of duties will depend on the interests and experience of the applicant. Candidates are expected to have worked in a biological research laboratory or facility full-time for at least one year, and prior experience in mouse colony management is preferred.

Typical duties:
  1. Manages our mouse colonies (setting up crosses, genotyping, overseeing animal health).
  2. Orders reagents and supplies and manages laboratory chemical and supply inventories.
  3. As a member of a team, may assist in designing, performing and interpreting biochemical experiments (optional).
Basic Qualifications
  • College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline.
  • At least one year prior experience in a biological sciences or related laboratory are required.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science or related discipline.
  • Prior experience working in mouse genetics or mouse colony management is preferred.
Additional Information
The position is a 12-month term appointment, to be renewed each year contingent on funding.

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

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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