Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7111025
Posted: September 19, 2022

Job Description

Research Assistant I Lab
Harvard Medical School


Position Description

The Kennedy lab is exploring the underlying mechanisms by which non-coding RNAs regulate transcription and chromatin states during reproduction and development, protect host genomes from transposable elements and viruses, and drive the inheritance of epigenetic states across generations.

This position will have responsibility for:

Conducting basic research in the areas of Genetics, Epigenetics, and Molecular Biology.
Managing daily research operations of a biomedical research laboratory in the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics.

Assist in research in, and management of, a productive genetics and epigenetics laboratory at Harvard Medical School. The position will use established practices and procedures to conduct molecular biological experimentation into mechanisms of RNA-based epigenetic inheritance. The research is expected to be conducted while maintaining accurate records of experiments and analyses performed, conducting relevant literature searches, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of current methods of experimentation. Duties will include recombinant DNA techniques, microscopy, rudimentary bioinformatic analyses, and protein analysis. Activities will be complex and thus require accuracy, reliability, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage large databases. Laboratory management duties will include ordering lab supplies and reagents, shipping and receiving reagents to/from other labs, tracking budgeted spending and inventory, general lab organization, lab safety regulation, and maintaining animal husbandry reagents for other members of the lab. Additional duties will include the implementation of HMS, Department and Lab policies which include data management, MTAs and other lab compliance responsibilities. PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop skills are needed.

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in progressively responsible research/lab management, ideally in a biomedical/life sciences laboratory. At least one year related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).
Ability to lift, move, and transport research related equipment up to 10 pounds required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor's or PhD preferred.
Experience with safety regulations.
Experience creating and administering lab systems, practices, policies, and procedures.
Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, Illustrator and Keynote.
Must be organized, dependable, and possess good problem-solving skills.
Able to work independently.
Able to work well with others in a collaborative team environment.
Strong communication skills and a positive attitude.
Strong initiative and the ability to self-start are essential.

Physical Requirements

Ability to lift, move, and transport research related equipment up to 10 pounds required.

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.

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:

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.

Job FunctionResearch

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code403108 Research Assistant I Lab


Time Status


Salary Grade052

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Pre-Employment ScreeningIdentity

35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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.