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Harvard University Research Assistant IV (Lab) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

53039BRAuto req ID:53039BRJob Code:403125 Research Assistant IV (Lab) Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant IV - Brain Targeting ProgramSub-Unit:Wyss Institute Salary Grade ( :055Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

What you'll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience or related field. Advanced education may count towards years of experience.

  • 3 or more years of experience with cell culture and with molecular and cellular biology techniques such as ELISA, western blots, Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), or related experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

Desirable Skills:

  • Advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience or related field preferred.

  • Industry experience a plus.

  • Previous experience and ability to operate independently.

  • Experience with development, optimization and routine performance of ELISAs is strongly preferred.

  • Previous knowledge and/or experience with rodent handling and tissue preparation is a plus.

  • Ability to work well independently and to collaborate with a multidisciplinary group.

  • Should be highly motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and able to take initiative.

  • Proficient with personal computers and applicable software packages (Microsoft Office).

Additional Information:

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, 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 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.

Offer contingent on successful completion of pre-placement medical evaluation. This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal.

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Department:Wyss InstitutePre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:

Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm

Job Function:Research Job-Specific Responsibilities:

What you’ll do:

  • Contribute significantly to efforts in novel drug and diagnostic delivery across the BBB.

  • Develop, validate and perform various protocols including cell-based assays, plate-based ELISA assays, western blots, immunohistochemistry, and flow cytometry.

  • Mouse tissue and blood preparation for pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic studies (PKPD).

  • Analyze and interpret experimental data, learn new skills, troubleshoot, and contribute intellectually to the project.

  • Order supplies, perform support activities and lab maintenance, and function in a team-oriented environment with other scientists and staff at the Institute as well as external collaborators.

  • Present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

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.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 a talented senior level Research Assistant to support the discovery and validation of novel antibody (Ab) shuttles that efficiently deliver therapeutic payloads across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Reporting to the Senior Staff Scientist, you will work with a multidisciplinary team as part of our Bioinspired Therapeutics and Diagnostics platform. This team synergizes the strength of both in vitro cellular systems (Transwell and Human BBB Chip) and in vivo humanized transgenic mouse models for compound discovery and validation. For more information, visit: