Research Assistant

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7178478 (Ref.No. hh-63665BR)
Posted: September 13, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description
The Garner Lab is housed at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Neurobiology. We study how past experiences and memories change the way sensory information is processed. We use cutting-edge optical techniques to investigate neural circuits in behaving mice. Please visit the lab website for more information on specific projects: We are seeking an enthusiastic, organized individual to join our team as a Research Assistant I.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Mouse Colony - organization and maintenance (e.g. husbandry, genotyping).
  • Interface with veterinary staff and serve as a representative to animal oversight groups.
  • Lab Safety Officer - representative to institutional safety oversight groups.
  • Purchasing - document inventory, and ensure consumable lab supplies are stocked (e.g. gloves, pipet tips). May work with vendors to address equipment, reagents, or supply issues.
  • Onboard new folks who join the lab in the future (e.g. direct to lab safety and animal use training courses, assist in orienting to the lab and department).
  • Assist with a variety of laboratory protocols working with mice and histology. Provide general experimental support for lab members.

After demonstrating proficiency in managerial and experimental support roles, this position has the opportunity to include experimental work on a project of your choice. Please include a Cover Page (one-page max) describing: (i) your relevant experience in a laboratory setting or management experience, (ii) why you are interested in this position.
Basic Qualifications
College background and 1+ years relevant experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, or related discipline.
  • Able to work with mice.
  • Able to commit at least two years' duration to the position.
  • Laboratory experience (not laboratory course) and/or management experience.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Prior experience in handling/screening/colony management of small animals (e.g. mice).
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. 

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

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

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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