Research Assistant II

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7080589
Posted: June 30, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary

About us:

The Wyss Institute’s mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. We harness the freedom of academia and the focus of industry in order to translate revolutionary technologies into commercial products and solutions. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions, collaborate with staff scientists, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to invent and de- risk new technologies that don’t just succeed at making it to the market – they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and venture capital firms don’t fund because they view it as too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges. For more information, visit:

About you:

You are a collaborative, impact-focused problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. You want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, and to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a fast-paced, industry-focused environment without a lot of administrative hurdles. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and leveraging your expertise to create innovations that can change the world.

About the role:

We are looking for an enthusiastic Research Assistant II with lab experience in molecular biology and/or biochemistry to join our Diagnostics Accelerator team. Reporting to the Senior Staff Scientist, you will help to develop new molecular diagnostics and will be involved in several projects to help create new technologies for diagnostics as well as the application of these technologies to several disease areas (infectious diseases, neurology, and others).

Job-Specific Responsibilities

What you'll do:

Help to develop expertise in new and established techniques for sensitive detection of protein and nucleic acid biomarkers from human biofluids. These will include protein quantification using Single Molecule Arrays (Simoa) technology, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for the analysis of circulating nucleic acids, and automation using liquid handling instruments.
With oversight by the senior scientist, will plan and execute scientific experiments. Order supplies and perform support and lab maintenance activities.
Under the supervision of senior staff, present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute.

Basic Qualifications

What you'll need:

College background in a biological science or related field is required.
At least on year of lab research experience in molecular biology or biochemistry (Experience with nucleic acid analysis and/or protein biochemistry).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Desirable Skills:

Bachelor's degree in biological science or related field is strongly preferred
Experience with nucleic analysis and/or protein biochemistry preferred
Experience with one or more of the following is advantageous but not required:
Next generation sequencing (NGS) library construction
Programming of liquid handling robots
Programming experience (Python or R) and expertise in computational analysis of large biological datasets

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.


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