Harvard University Research Assistant I Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

45938BRAuto req ID:45938BRJob Code:403108 Research Assistant I Lab Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant I LabSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:052Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

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

Additional Qualifications:

  • BS/BA or MS/MA in a field of biological or biomedical sciences preferred

  • Experience working with rodents is strongly preferred, including mouse handling,colony management, husbandry and metabolic phenotyping

  • Experience with molecular biology and biochemistry techniques including mammalian tissue culture, western blotting, DNA/RNA isolation, and/or RT-qPCR preferred

  • Experience with Microsoft Office software (e.g., Excel) preferred

  • High level of initiative and motivation preferred; ability to work independently and with a team preferred; excellent communication, organization, time management, and record-keeping skills preferred

  • Additional Information: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:Genetics and Complex DiseasesPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentityJob Function:Research Duties & Responsibilities:The Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases is looking for a Research Assistant I in the laboratory of Dr. James R Mitchell here at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Research in Dr. Mitchell's laboratory focuses on understanding how nutrient signals are sensed and coordinated to regulate metabolism and stress resistance using both cell and mouse models. The successful candidate will support multiple projects investigating the molecular mechanisms of pharmacological and dietary interventions to improve metabolic health and stress resistance, as well as helping with general daily laboratory upkeep tasks. The position involves a substantial amount of mouse work as well as mammalian cell culture, general biochemistry and molecular biology techniques.

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

Performance of lab research, including use of the following molecular biology techniques:

  • qPCR

  • Western blot

  • Mammalian tissue culture with established lines and primary cells

  • Biochemical assays

  • Metabolomics

  • Immunostaining

  • Microscopy

Performance of rodent work, including the following:

  • Husbandry

  • Breeding

  • Colony maintenance

  • Genotyping

  • Physiological and metabolic phenotyping of mouse strains

  • Assisting with execution of large mouse studies including daily monitoring, behavioral/physiologic testing, euthanasia and tissue collection

The incumbent will also be responsible for organizing, processing, and reporting data. Will also be expected to participate and present in regular lab meetings.

For additional information about the Mitchell lab, please visit: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/james-mitchell.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire, 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.