Research Assistant I

Updated: about 2 months ago

22-Feb-2024

Harvard Medical School

65009BR


Position Description

The Research Assistant will support research on gene therapy to treat hereditary deafness. Duties will 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. He or she will perform routine molecular biology including, but not limited to, PCR, cloning, sequencing, and DNA extraction.

Duties also include working with mice; genotyping, breeding, and colony maintenance. Additional duties include measuring electroretinogram from larval zebrafish.

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

  • College background in neuroscience or a related discipline.
  • Relevant laboratory experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology or closely related field.
  • One year (may include summers) of previous laboratory experience working in a basic science research setting, especially experience with auditory biology.
  • Proficiency in a variety of molecular biology and data analysis software packages.
  • Experience working with mice or zebrafish.
  • 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.

Additional Information

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

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

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

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

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Work Format Details

This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


Benefits

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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 - Boston


Job Code

403108 Research Assistant I Lab


Union

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers


Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Identity


Schedule

35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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

https://hms.harvard.edu/about-hms/campus-culture/mission-community-values-diversity-statement


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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