Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7089999

Posted: December 2, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

We are seeking a motivated, well-organized, and committed Research Assistant to support the Leger-Abraham laboratory in the Department of Microbiology at Harvard Medical School ( Our group investigates the protein synthesis machinery of parasites, such as the ones causing Leishmaniasis and Malaria, that significantly burden public health. Our long-term goal is to harness this information to develop safe and effective antiparasitic drugs.

Under specific direction, the successful candidate will support a project on genome editing/structural biology of translation initiation factors in human parasites Leishmania. The project involves methods in biochemistry, parasitology, molecular biology and structural biology.

Responsibilities will include:
• Molecular cloning• CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing
• Large-scale protein expression in E. coli and insect cells
• Protein purification• Crystallization trials of protein complexes

Initially, the candidate will be responsible for assisting current lab members with their projects and will also be responsible for helping with general lab tasks and maintenance. As the successful candidate demonstrates proficiency and efficiency in the lab, opportunities to work more independently will be available and encouraged.

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline. One year related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Appropriate communications skills required. Demonstrated abilities in basic laboratory techniques helpful, but not required. Exposure to applicable computer technologies, including specific software applications, may be required.

Additional Information

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

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

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

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.

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.

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