Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7090688

Posted: December 15, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Research Assistant will support research on gene therapy to treat hereditary deafness. He or she will perform routine molecular biology including, but not limited to, PCR, cloning, sequencing, DNA and RNA extraction, and gel electrophoresis. Cell culture; maintaining cell lines, performing transfections, cellular assays, and western blotting. Duties also include working with mice; genotyping, breeding, and colony maintenance. Depending on expertise, duties may include assessing auditory function in mice via auditory brainstem response and distortion-product otoacoustic emission recordings and may include histology, including fixation, cryosectioning, staining for immunohistochemistry, and preparing samples for electron microscopy.

This individual will be responsible for collecting and recording experimental data and updating written protocols and methods based on findings. This individual will regularly update the research team with experimental results.

This individual will be working within a culture inclusive of individuals with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations, and appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals.


Basic Qualifications

One year of related research experience. A Bachelor's degree may count towards experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor’s degree in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, biology or closely related field.
One to two years of previous laboratory experience working in a basic science research setting, especially experience with molecular biology (relevant course work may count towards experience)
Proficiency in a variety of molecular biology and data analysis software packages
Experience working with mice
Demonstrated ability to tackle multiple projects while simultaneously performing bench work as a member of an integrated team
Analytical skills to resolve complex problems.
Excellent record-keeping, organizational, and communication skills.
A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

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

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

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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