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Harvard University Research Assistant I Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

61257BRAuto req ID:61257BRJob Code:403108 Research Assistant I Lab Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Research Assistant I LabSub-Unit:Sciences Salary Grade ( :052Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

Two years of college level coursework in biological sciences or equivalent work experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Chemistry, or related discipline;

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize responsibilities are required;

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment and independently are required;

  • Knowledge of cellular and molecular biology and the ability to apply this knowledge are required;

  • One year of laboratory experience is strongly preferred;

  • Prior experience in handling/screening/colony management of small animals (mice) or willingness to learn;

  • Ability to commit at least two years' duration to the position desirable

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin on February 17, 2023 and continue until filled.

This is a two year term position.

We are unable to provide visa sponsorship

Department:Stem Cell and Regenerative BiologyPre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule:Monday-Friday, 9-5

Some holiday and weekend work may be required.

Job Function:Research Position Description:

  • Assist with ongoing projects in the laboratory. Carry out a variety of routine laboratory protocols that include molecular biology techniques (e.g., plasmid preps and PCR analysis), cell culture, tissue processing and animal surgery; maintain accurate lab records in lab notebook;

  • Serve as study coordinator for studies involving human participants, including enrolling and consenting;

  • Organize and maintain the mouse colony (carrying out husbandry, genotyping mouse strains);

  • Interface with veterinary staff, serve as lab safety officer and representative to institutional safety groups;

  • Receive and organize laboratory reagent collections and consumables; maintain the supply inventory and facilitate the distribution of research materials to other labs;

  • Coordinate laboratory equipment maintenance/repair;

  • May provide cross-coverage for other staff in support of the lab’s ongoing research projects;

  • May assist with ordering necessary laboratory supplies and documenting expenses.

  • May work with vendors to address equipment, reagent, or supply issues.

School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences 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.Working Conditions:Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage ( . Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University’s COVID-19 Information Website ( .

Job Summary:

The McKinley Lab studies the biology of the uterus in health and disease. We use a variety of developmental and cell biological approaches including cutting-edge microscopy as well as organoid and animal models to understand and harness the remarkable regenerative capacity of these organs. Under specific direction from PI and researchers, the Research Assistant will assist with bench-level experiments and laboratory operations in support of the Lab’s research programs.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)