Harvard University Research Assistant I Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Auto req ID 42187BR

Business Title Research Assistant I Lab

School/Unit Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Location USA - MA - Boston

Job Function Research

Time Status Full-time

Department Environmental Health - Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences

Salary Grade 052

Union 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Duties & Responsibilities The Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences Program, is a program under the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where program faculty study the biological mechanisms underlying health effects of environmental exposures. We focus on three main problems: air pollution, lung infection and asthma. Our investigations use the full palette of modern techniques, including molecular and cellular biology, animal models, and human studies.

We are seeking a Research Assistant to perform the follow duties:

  • Perform basic lab techniques and principles of molecular biology and immunology;

  • Perform standard molecular biology assays, cell culture, multiplex assays;

  • Maintain the cell culture;

  • Prepare and process RNA/DNA/cell lysate and blood samples, according to the standard operating procedures;

  • Understand and adhere to safety and blood pathogen guidelines as outlined by supervisor;

  • Maintain inventory of processing supplies to meet the needs of upcoming sample needs

  • Performs related laboratory maintenance such as maintaining and cleaning equipment, ordering supplies and keep up to date material inventory;

  • Assist in the manufacture of solutions used in production and processing of raw materials;

  • Handle and move animals safely. Monitor the condition of animals and recognize and resolve any behavioral problems, ensure animals are kept clean and comfortable;

  • Receive samples at the lab and ensures that they are properly unpacked, organized and ready for processing;

  • Document, compile, and assist in interpreting experimental data;

  • Report data to supervisor in oral and written reports and give presentation at group meetings;

  • Construct figures for grant proposals, progress reports and manuscripts;

  • Assist in the lab organization and housekeeping;

  • Assist in the cleaning of autoclavable materials used during cell culture.

Please Note: This position has a term appointment of March 1, 2018.

Please Note: This position requires successful completion of an occupational health screening.

Basic Qualifications

  • 1+ years of related experience; a combination of experience and education may be considered.

    Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in biological sciences or related field strongly preferred.

  • Experience in animal handling while working in a biomedical research laboratory (relevant course work may count towards experience).

  • Requires to work with and handle animal under supervision.

  • Requires general understanding of good laboratory practices.

  • Exposure to applicable computer technologies, including specific software applications

  • A background in blood handling, PCR, and sterile technique is helpful but not required

  • May be required to work with a variety of hazardous materials.

  • May be required to lift, move and transport related laboratory equipment.

  • Detail orientated and quality focused mindset.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

    Additional Information

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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, $40 per class 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 complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Join Harvard Chan School to support our mission of health research & education and be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!

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Appointment End Date 01-Mar-2018

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 or any other characteristic protected by law.