Research Assistant V

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7093084
Posted: January 28, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Onsite laboratory manager for a large [29+ people] complex biological laboratory that has extensive use of rodent models. Responsible for writing all animal protocols and ensuring compliance with federal guidelines with respect to animal care regulations. Ensure compliance with institutional and federal guidelines in health and safety. Onboarding of new personnel, including ensuring their training and compliance with Harvard and Federal guidelines. Maintenance of lab reagents (such as plasmids and antibodies), their databases, and handling requests. Maintenance of equipment, infrastructure, and space allocation. The position is responsible for maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the flow within the laboratory and managing the ever-increasing requirements to comply with chemical, microbiological, radionuclide, animal care, and use and microbiological as well as general laboratory safety regulations. Provide training and supervision in these areas in the name of the principal investigator, and be able to command the respect of highly scientifically trained doctoral-level scientists. Communication with vendors. Must be able to handle the financial activities within the laboratory including budget formulation, the ordering of supplies, maintenance of inventories, service contracts, and repairs of equipment while maintaining attention to the sources and uses of grant funds for these needs. Initiation and management of orders using B2P and other methods, track supplies and expenditures on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Responsible for keeping spending in check and communicating with a principal investigator about spending levels and spending patterns. This position will direct the day-to-day operations of a large internationally recognized Molecular Neurobiology Research Laboratory at Harvard Medical School and calls for a responsible, conscientious and detail-oriented individual. This person should be committed to facilitating the research goals of this hard-working group of investigators in a friendly yet authoritative manner. This position calls for a mature, intelligent, and highly competent person who enjoys interacting with people and taking on projects as they present themselves. The position will also be involved with direct participation in the research efforts of the laboratory and occasionally scientific manuscripts.

Basic Qualifications

B.S. in life sciences (i.e. Chemistry, Biology). 5+ years experience in a laboratory management setting required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
Experience with mouse model research.
Training experience.
Experience in oversight of laboratory personnel and in enforcing policies and regulatory guidelines with respect to the safety of lab personnel.
Distinguished record of safety practice and maintaining compliance.
Must be proactive.
Preferred experience in academic lab management.
Prior research experience in molecular biology and/or neurobiology.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Must exhibit attention to detail and have excellent organizational skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Must exhibit a level of maturity and competence to maintain authority in a large laboratory.
Good problem-solving skills.

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

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

Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

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.