Research Assistant I

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7093083
Posted: January 28, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Haigis lab has an opening for a highly motivated and organized lab and administrative assistant with a bachelor's degree to support various functions for the principal investigator and the lab. The position consists of three main areas: providing direct administrative support to the lab’s principal investigator, purchasing, and lab safety. The candidate will provide direct administrative support to the lab’s principal investigator, which includes assisting with travel arrangements and reimbursements. In addition, the candidate will assist the PI with training grant compilation and progress reports. The candidate may assist with coordinating special seminars, events, and meeting scheduling. The candidate will be responsible for purchasing and electronically receiving research materials, supplies and lab equipment/instruments using Harvard’s internal HCOM- purchasing system. Will handle invoices and preparing purchase requisitions for the finance department and will maintain a weekly overview of lab expenses for budget purposes. The candidate will serve as the lab’s safety representative, which includes overseeing compliance with safety-related protocols and guidelines and managing the lab’s safety roster in PeopleSoft and in Harvard’s Assessment & Inspection Management System (AIMS) to ensure safety training is administered and completed in a timely manner. The candidate will work closely with EH&S (Harvard’s Environmental Health and Safety office) and update the lab chemical inventory online, post updated door placards, and assist lab members with creating SOPs (safety-operating-procedures). The candidate will further update IACUC training records for the lab and coordinate the semi-annual inspection of the LHRRB animal use area.

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline. At least one year of related work experience (relevant coursework may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Demonstrated abilities in higher education administration is beneficial. Exposure to applicable computer technologies, including specific software applications, may be required. Appropriate communications and writing skills required. Previous experience helpful. Competitive candidates must be organized, independent, and able to multitask. The candidate should be reliable, trustworthy, able to work independently and have strong communication and organizational skills. A bachelor's degree strongly preferred.

Additional Information

This is a one-year, fully benefits eligible, term position with possibility of extension, contingent on work performance and continued funding to support the position.

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

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.