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Harvard University Research Assistant II in Cambridge, Massachusetts

54516BRAuto req ID:54516BRJob Code:403112 Research Assistant II Lab Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant IISub-Unit:Wyss Institute Salary Grade ( :053Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

What you'll need:

  • College background in a biological science or related field is required.

  • At least on year of lab research experience in molecular biology or biochemistry (Experience with nucleic acid analysis and/or protein biochemistry).

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

Desirable Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in biological science or related field is strongly preferred

  • Experience with nucleic analysis and/or protein biochemistry preferred

  • Experience with one or more of the following is advantageous but not required:


  • Next generation sequencing (NGS) library construction

  • Programming of liquid handling robots

  • Programming experience (Python or R) and expertise in computational analysis of large biological datasets

Additional Information:

This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal. Harvard is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Why you’ll like working with us:

At the Wyss Institute, you’re a member of a supportive, dynamic community that is united by its shared goal of changing the world through groundbreaking technology development and commercialization. We encourage your professional growth and development through mentorship and tuition reimbursement to support continued learning, and more. We also support your physical, financial, and mental well-being through generous time off benefits, gym reimbursements, and other programs offered through Harvard. We value an inclusive and diverse workforce, and believe that our differences enrich the work environment for all.

Our outstanding benefits package includes:

  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 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 contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings 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.

  • Facilities access and Discounts: Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

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Department:Wyss InstitutePre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm

Job Function:Research Job-Specific Responsibilities:

What you'll do:

  • Help to develop expertise in new and established techniques for sensitive detection of protein and nucleic acid biomarkers from human biofluids. These will include protein quantification using Single Molecule Arrays (Simoa) technology, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for the analysis of circulating nucleic acids, and automation using liquid handling instruments.

  • With oversight by the senior scientist, will plan and execute scientific experiments. Order supplies and perform support and lab maintenance activities.

  • Under the supervision of senior staff, present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute.

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.Working Conditions:

This position will be based on our campus in Boston, MA and will require on-campus presence. Subject to business needs, the Wyss Institute generally supports flexible work arrangements.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Job Summary:

About us:

The Wyss Institute’s mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. We harness the freedom of academia and the focus of industry in order to translate revolutionary technologies into commercial products and solutions. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions, collaborate with staff scientists, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to invent and de- risk new technologies that don’t just succeed at making it to the market – they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and venture capital firms don’t fund because they view it as too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges. For more information, visit:

About you:

You are a collaborative, impact-focused problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. You want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, and to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a fast-paced, industry-focused environment without a lot of administrative hurdles. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and leveraging your expertise to create innovations that can change the world.

About the role:

We are looking for an enthusiastic Research Assistant II with lab experience in molecular biology and/or biochemistry to join our Diagnostics Accelerator team. Reporting to the Senior Staff Scientist, you will help to develop new molecular diagnostics and will be involved in several projects to help create new technologies for diagnostics as well as the application of these technologies to several disease areas (infectious diseases, neurology, and others).