Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7104118
Posted: June 27, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

A new project in our laboratory at Harvard Medical School focuses on identifying the involvement of immediate early genes and their downstream targets in establishing neuronal assemblies for encoding memories, behavioral and synaptic plasticity. We are looking for a research assistant to join our team; building on our recently published findings to further enhance our understanding how gene expression programs and neuropeptide-signaling fine-tune synaptic specification and memory traces in neuronal circuits.

This position offers a great opportunity to work at the interphase of neuroscience and cell biology. In this position, you will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge molecular biology techniques such as single cell sequencing, in addition to cell culture, imaging modalities, stereotactic brain surgeries, mouse behavior analysis.
Responsibilities of the successful candidate include (but are not limited to the following)
Maintain and genotype mouse models, perform perfusions, tissue dissection, tissue sectioning, RNA in-situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry
Use a range of molecular biology methods including RT-PCR, qPCR, molecular cloning, bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing library preparation and quality control
Maintain and transfect cell lines used for cell-based assays
Perform stereotactic brain surgeries to deliver viruses for manipulation or knock-out of genes of interest and further behavioral characterization
Participation in regular meetings with team members to discuss research progress and strategies Our laboratory has an excellent track record in training young scientists. This position is ideal for highly organized, motivated, and hard-working individuals seeking to launch their career as future scientists.

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent work experience in a related discipline.


Additional Qualifications and Skills

Experience with working with rodents preferred.
Preference will be given to candidates that can commit for two years.
Prior research experience is desirable, though not essential. At least one year related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).
Demonstrated abilities in basic laboratory techniques helpful, but not required.
Exposure to applicable computer technologies, including specific software applications, may be required.
Appropriate communications skills required.
May be required to lift, move and transport related laboratory equipment.
May be required to work with a variety of hazardous materials.
While prior laboratory experience is helpful, most important is a candidate with curiosity, work ethic, organization, the ability to learn new techniques, and an excellent track record in college.
We expect to teach the biochemical, molecular biology, and neuroscience approaches that will be used.
This is an ideal position for a recent college graduate interested in preparing for graduate or medical school. Members from groups underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply.

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.

This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.

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: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

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.