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Harvard University Research Assistant I Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

48408BRAuto req ID:48408BRJob Code:403108 Research Assistant I Lab Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research AssistantSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:052Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:College background and at least one year of related lab experience (relevant coursework may count toward experience).Additional Qualifications:Additional Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field

  • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to precisely follow and interpret complex and lengthy molecular biology protocols

  • Hands-on experience working in a biology laboratory

  • Experience with PCR, molecular cloning methods

  • years of experience in molecular biology strongly preferredExperience with NGS library construction

  • Experience with laboratory automation

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 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.Department:BCMPPre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule:35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pmJob Function:Research Duties & Responsibilities:The Research Assistant will work with and report to the Nascent Transcriptomics Core Director. Responsibilities will include the construction of nascent RNA libraries, optimization of these methods and continued innovation of new techniques. This is an opportunity to learn cutting-edge NGS methods, gain experience with laboratory automation (Agilent Bravo) and provide a valuable, collaborative service to scientists across Harvard Medical School and the greater Boston area.

The core handles user samples that may be costly or difficult to replace. Consequently, this position demands exceptional attention to detail and the ability to precisely follow and interpret complex and lengthy molecular biology protocols. The successful applicant will be well organized, focused, and able to work efficiently on multiple tasks with deadlines. Working at the Nascent Transcriptomics Core will offer opportunities to learn state-of-the-art automation and NGS library construction strategies, and to contribute to multiple projects of direct biomedical relevance. The work environment is highly collaborative, thus optimal candidates will work well as part of a team, and possess strong interpersonal and communication skills. Above all, successful candidates will display a commitment to providing a high quality of service to users of the core.

Primary Duties

  • Isolate and analyze RNA from user samples according to established protocols

  • Construct NGS libraries manually and using the Bravo automation platform

  • Perform quality control (QC) on libraries using qPCR, TapeStation, gel electrophoresis, etc.

  • Keep accurate, up to date records of all samples and experiments

Secondary Duties

  • Assist with upkeep of laboratory records and equipment as needed

  • Perform other laboratory duties as assigned by the core director

School/Unit:Harvard Medical School 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.

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