Harvard University Research Assistant I Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Auto req ID 42407BR
Business Title Research Assistant I Lab
School/Unit Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Location USA - MA - Cambridge
Job Function Research
Time Status Full-time
Schedule Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Department Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology
Salary Grade 052
Union 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Duties & Responsibilities Under the direction of principal investigator, Douglas Melton, and research associate, the research assistant will be responsible for supporting in vivo studies in mice designed to find novel disease biomarkers which are critical for advancing discoveries in diabetes research. Specific job duties include: helping experienced researchers with surgeries in mice, post-surgical monitoring of the mice, and carrying out post-surgical analysis involving injections, blood collection, and general mouse husbandry. In this last category, the research assistant will perform breeding crosses and take tail-biopsies for PCR-based genotyping. Additional tasks will involve collecting tissues and other specimens for immunohistochemistry, microscopy, and analysis of gene expression. With supervision, research assistant will carry out in vivo assays including: glucose tolerance testing (GTT), glucose stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) requiring injections, blood collection, and ELISA. Research assistants are expected to independently collect and record experimental data and update written protocols and methods based on findings. Other job duties may include laboratory maintenance (including cleaning equipment), monitoring/ordering supplies, and keeping inventory of laboratory samples.
Basic Qualifications At least one year related work experience (relevant course work / training in biology or a closely related field may count towards experience).
Additional Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in biology or closely related field is strongly preferred as is two years’ related work experience in a biological research laboratory. Previous experience handling mice and performing mouse studies involving injections, blood collection and/or surgeries is strongly preferred. Organizational skills and excellent attention to detail are essential components of this position. Equally important are ability to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment, strong communication skills, and computer experience. Two year commitment is preferred.
Additional Information This is a two year grant funded term position with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.All formal offers will be made by FAS HR.
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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 or any other characteristic protected by law.