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Harvard University Research Assistant I Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

51774BRAuto req ID:51774BRJob Code:403108 Research Assistant I Lab Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant I LabSub-Unit:------------ Appointment End Date:30-Jun-2021Salary Grade:052Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

  • 1+ years of relevant experience is required; a combination of education and experience may be considered

Additional Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Biology, Molecular Biology or similar field strongly preferred

  • Experience with mosquito and parasite in vitro culturing preferred

  • Experience with basic laboratory techniques including creating standard solutions, dilutions, use of micropipettes and other common laboratory apparatuses preferred

  • Strong attention to detail preferred

  • Strong organizational skills in managing data preferred

  • Strong communication skills and experience working well in a diverse group setting preferred

Additional Information:

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.

  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.


The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School’s mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.

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.

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!Department:Immunology and Infectious DiseasesPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentityJob Function:Research Job-Specific Responsibilities:As part of the Catteruccia laboratory (https://sites.sph.harvard.edu/catteruccia-lab/), the successful candidate will support our research focusing on parasite-vector interactions. The Research Assistant will help in the development and testing of new chemical interventions for parasite control in mosquitoes with the ultimate goal of developing innovative malaria control strategies.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mosquito maintenance, malaria parasite culturing, controlled mosquito infections and mosquito microdissection.

  • Routine molecular biological work such as isolation of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), real-time quantitative polymerase chain reactions (qRT PCR), protein analysis assays and immunofluorescence microscopy

  • Other laboratory duties as assigned

The candidate is required to interact with a large variety of other staff and researchers including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and senior scientists, as needed for each responsibility. Although full training will be provided, some experience with parasite in vitro culturing, mosquito rearing and/or microscopy is an advantage, as is general experience working with biosafety level 2+ pathogens is preferred

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of June 30, 2021 with the possibility for extension.

PLEASE NOTE: The finalist will be required to pass an occupational health screening. School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 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.Job Summary:The Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID) focuses on the biological, immunological, epidemiological and ecological aspects of viral, bacterial and protozoan diseases of animals and humans, including the vectors that transmit infectious agents. Research in the department's 12 laboratories is primarily focused on diseases of developing countries.

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