Research Assistant I

Harvard University - Boston, MA (30+ days ago)4.3

Job Code403108 Research Assistant I Lab
Duties & Responsibilities

Our laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology and Harvard Medical School is seeking a research assistant. We are starting a new project whose mission is to generate the next generation of gene therapy vectors that target different cell types in the nervous system. Specifically, in collaboration with academic and industry partners, we are designing candidate adeno-associated viral vectors for the treatment of congenital and neurodegenerative diseases. Duties will include laboratory experiments using specialized techniques and equipment; collect and analyze data; animal handling and surgery; prepare data for presentations; imaging; and other lab duties as directed.

This position offers a unique opportunity to learn and work on developing promising new viral vectors with therapeutic potential while working within an academic setting and using cutting-edge molecular biology and genomics technologies such as ATAC-seq and single-cell RNA-seq.

Basic Qualifications

One to more years related work experience (relevant coursework may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications

Bachelor's degree, preferably in the life sciences. Basic knowledge of molecular biology is required. Ideal applicants will have previous training in molecular biology (cloning, PCR) and/or experience with mouse work. Preference will be given to candidates that can commit for two years. Excellent organizational skills required, detail oriented, and ability to work in a team toward common goals. Exposure to applicable computer technologies, including specific software applications, may be required. Appropriate communications skills required. May be required to lift, move and transport related laboratory equipment. May be required to work with a variety of hazardous materials. While prior laboratory experience is helpful, most important is a candidate with curiosity, work ethic, organization, the ability to learn new techniques, and an excellent track record in college. We expect to teach the biochemical, molecular biology, and neuroscience approaches that will be used. This is an ideal position for a recent college graduate interested in preparing for graduate or medical school.

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term position with possibility for renewal based on funding and work performance. Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.

Job FunctionResearch


LocationUSA - MA - Boston


Time StatusFull-time

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Salary Grade052
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35 hours/week, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.