Lab Technician

Updated: 24 days ago


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

Under the direction of the PI and senior scientists, the Laboratory Technician will be responsible for the daily maintenance of human pluripotent stem cells and 3D cerebral organoids to study human cortical development and neurodevelopmental disorders in vitro. 

Position Description

Using established technical procedures, the Lab Technician will record results of experiments, prepare matter for analysis and diagnosis, and assist with performing molecular/phenotypic characterizations, and tissue histology, depending on time constraints and the needs of the lab. The Laboratory Technician will also assist with and perform other related duties and general laboratory tasks, depending on time constraints and the needs of the lab.

This position is ideal for candidates interested in the burgeoning stem cell field and is a unique opportunity for interacting in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment and to be trained in a variety of experimental approaches. Direct training by postdocs in the lab will be provided.

Basic Qualifications

Experience with basic biological laboratory techniques is required. 

Additional Qualifications and Skills

BS/BA in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience or related field required, or equivalent combination of education and experience. At least one year of directly related, full-time experience in a research lab is strongly recommended. Extensive part-time research experience will also be considered. Prior experience with mammalian cell culture, especially stem cell and neuronal cultures, is strongly preferred. Excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as critical thinking skills and strong attention to detail are required. Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff and with external contacts in a fast-paced environment is required. 

Additional Information

This is a two year term position.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Work Format Details

This position is based on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. 


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  • 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.

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

403096 Laboratory Technician


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