Harvard University Research Assistant I Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

45174BRAuto req ID:45174BRJob Code:403108 Research Assistant I Lab Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant ISub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:052Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:At least one year related work experience (relevant coursework may count towards experience). Additional Qualifications:B.S. and/or M.S. in Biology or another related discipline, but applicants are expected to have experience with or have taken college-level courses in biology that include molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics. Experience with animal husbandry and PCR genotyping with knowledge of basic genetics. Previous experience handling mice. Proven molecular biology experience. Strong communication, organization, record keeping skills and successful experience with techniques requiring fine manual dexterity. Familiarity with database software such as Excel or Filemaker; familiarity with programming in MATLAB/Python is desirable but not required. Must be a team player able to interact effectively with a large group and work independently with little supervision. A minimum two-year commitment is required.Additional Information: This is a 12-month term position, renewable contingent on funding and work performance. Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.

This position requires handling rodents on a daily basis: please consider allergies or aversions to working with and sacrificing mice prior to applying.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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, $40 per class 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 complimentary 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. Department:NeurobiologyPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentitySchedule:35 hours/week, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am- 5:00 pmJob Function:Research Duties & Responsibilities:An exciting opportunity exists to join a laboratory at Harvard Medical School as a Research Technician, investigating the mechanisms that regulate brain cells and the connections between them. The goal of the research is to understand how the brain rewires itself to store information and how these processes go awry in human disease.

We are seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for a full-time research technician position in our laboratory. The research technician will assist with projects utilizing molecular, genetic, and behavioral methods to study the neural mechanisms underlying social hierarchy-dependent decision making and neuromodulation in mouse models.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Manage a multi-line mouse colony. Includes breeding, culling and genotyping animals and maintaining databases

  • Stereotaxic surgeries for precise delivery of viral vectors into the brain

  • Conducting behavioral assays and in vivo fiberphotometry recordings

  • Histology and immunohistochemistry

  • Microscopy and quantitative image analysis

  • Contribute to lab organizational matters: ordering supplies and maintaining stocks

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Prepare brain tissue samples for ISH

  • Some animal handling for minor procedures

School/Unit:Harvard Medical School 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.