Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7101527
Posted: June 7, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

An exciting opportunity exists to join a laboratory at Harvard Medical School as a Research Technician, investigating the mechanisms that regulate brain cells and the connections between them. The goal of the research is to understand how the brain rewires itself to store information and how these processes go awry in human disease.

Principal Responsibilities:

• Conduct experiments with mice in a variety of behavioral paradigms.
• Contribute to lab organizational matters: ordering supplies and maintaining stocks
• Develop and execute In-Situ Hybridization (ISH) procedures in fixed brain tissue
• Conduct stereotactic surgeries on mice
• Perform immunohistochemistry and image tissue samples
• Manage a multi-line mouse colony. Includes breeding, culling and genotyping animals and maintaining a database.
• Perform molecular biology experiments including qPCRs, (single-cell) RNA-seq, and ELISAs

Additional responsibilities may include:
• Prepare brain tissue samples for ISH
• Perform immunohistochemical analyses of brain slices
• Conduct computer analyses on imaging, transcriptomic, and physiological data

Interested applicants must provide a cover letter, CV, and three letters of reference. No phone calls please

Basic Qualifications

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

Additional Qualifications and Skills

B.S. and/or M.S. in Biology or Biochemistry. Proven experience with molecular biology techniques including qPCR. Knowledge of animal husbandry and genotyping and basic genetics. Previous experience handling mice. Strong communication, organization and record keeping skills. Familiarity with database software such as Excel or Filemaker. Must be a team player able to interact effectively with a large group and work independently with little supervision. A minimum two year commitment is required.

Additional Information

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

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. 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.