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Harvard University Research Assistant I Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

48106BRAuto req ID:48106BRJob 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree in biological sciences strongly preferred

  • Experience in basic molecular and cellular biology techniques strongly preferred

  • Experience in performing animal studies preferred

High level of initiative and motivation preferred; experience working independently and with a team preferred; excellent communication, organization, time management, and record-keeping skills preferred; strong organizational skills and experience in handling sensitive and confidential information preferredAdditional 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:A position is open for a Research Assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Gökhan Hotamışlıgil, one of the leading labs studying the interactions between metabolic and immune responses, a rapidly growing field now recognized as “immunometabolism.” Our research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma, with the goal of developing novel preventative and therapeutic treatments. (For recent reviews/papers see: Nature. 2017 Feb 8;542(7640):177-185, Science. 2015 Jul 31;349(6247):500-6, Cell Metab. 2015 Sep 1;22(3):381-97). We are looking for an enthusiastic Research Assistant, who is excited about the work we do in our lab and wants to create a valuable scientific contribution to our research and our field.

The Research Assistant will work on projects that mostly focus on the functional and structural reorganization of the liver’s endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria in the context of obesity and diabetes. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn advanced techniques in molecular biology, protein and RNA analysis, mammalian tissue culture, biochemical assays, and cutting-edge imaging techniques. The Research Assistant will follow up on experiments by organizing, processing and reporting data. The incumbent is expected to be fully engaged in the intellectual activities of the lab, and to actively participate in lab meetings and discussions.

More information on the laboratory can be found at

Responsibilities of the Research Assistant include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintaining cell cultures and performing cell culture experiments

  • Processing mouse blood and tissue samples for protein and RNA analysis

  • Maintaining mouse colonies, including breeding and genotyping

  • Performing mouse metabolic physiology experiments

  • Quantification and analysis of large-scale imaging data

  • Analysis, interpretation, and reporting of data

  • Participation and intellectual contribution to lab meetings, journal clubs, data discussions, department seminars, and the Sabri Ülker Symposium

  • Other duties as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of two years from the date of hire, with the possibility for extension.

PLEASE NOTE: The finalist for this position will be required to pass an occupational health screen.

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.

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