Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7102484
Posted: June 14, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

The Walter Laboratory ( at Harvard Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Boston is seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant to assist in studying genome maintenance and how defects in this process cause human disease. The laboratory uses a powerful cell-free system derived from frog eggs as a model to study mechanisms of DNA replication, DNA repair, and the intersection of these two processes. We use molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and single-molecule imaging approaches. The Walter lab is a welcoming community where all members actively work together to achieve their common goal of understanding how cells maintain their genomes in health and disease.

Under supervision from a post-doctoral fellow or graduate student, the Research Assistant will pursue a semi-independent project involving a wide range of techniques including setting up in-vitro biochemical reactions using frog egg extracts, electrophoresis, microscopy, Western blotting, and molecular cloning. In conducting their research, technicians will design, carry out, interpret, record, and present experiments.

Our Research Assistants are encouraged to take intellectual ownership of their projects. Our Research Assistants present at lab meetings and journal clubs, contribute to manuscripts and sometimes attend scientific conferences. ~70% of time worked will be dedicated to research, with the remaining time spent on activities that support the entire laboratory (see below). Working in the Walter laboratory is excellent preparation for graduate and medical school. Former technicians from the laboratory have been accepted to top Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. and M.D. programs.

With the surrounding hospitals, Harvard Medical School brings together world-renowned scientists and clinicians who are dedicated to understanding the marvels of human biology and conquering diseases such as cancer. With regular symposia, daily seminars, and several large graduate programs, Harvard Medical School is a vibrant intellectual community that allows young trainees to realize their career goals and reach their full potential as scientists.

Basic Qualifications

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

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor or Master of Science degree in an appropriate field such as Biochemistry, Molecular or Cell Biology, or Chemistry.
Some prior Molecular Biology experience is required (can be from coursework). Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise.
Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction. Able to learn and perform a variety of new techniques.

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.

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.