Research Core Scientist II
The Bauer Core Facility (Harvard University's FAS Division of Science) seeks a Research Core Scientist II to support sequencing and flow cytometry technologies.
The Bauer Core Facility provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise to scientists at Harvard. Our goal is to advance research efforts in the life sciences that cannot readily be accomplished in the traditional academic laboratory because of a need for expensive instrumentation, scientific or organizational infrastructure, or multidisciplinary expertise.
Our technical staff consult with researchers to help them choose the best technologies for their projects and to help them design careful experiments. Researchers may then request that the staff run core instruments as a service, or they may request hands-on training to enable them to use our instruments independently.
• Executes a range of complex scientific research activities in a core facility with a primary focus on automated preparation of samples for sequencing.
• Assists with experimental design, sample preparation, data collection and analyses of sequencing projects.
• Trains researchers on core instrumentation and protocols.
• Develops and optimizes protocols using instrumentation and automation available in the core lab.
• Supports the flow cytometry team by assisting with instrument maintenance and routine experiments.
• Interacts daily with users of the core facility. These users are technicians, undergraduate students, graduate students, post docs and faculty members from departments across the FAS, other Harvard schools (HMS, SEAS, HSPH, HSDM), as well as researchers from outside Harvard, mainly those from other area academic institutions, biotech, and pharma.
• Works closely as part of the core staff team to ensure projects move smoothly through multiple steps and that all information is handed off properly to the next staff member involved in a project.
• Partners with Research Computing and Informatics team members to help coordinate project submissions, resource reservations, software access, data analysis, and data storage.
We are committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.Basic Qualifications
5+ years of relevant work experience in a molecular biology or similar lab conducting DNA sequencing experiments. Post-secondary education in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering or similar can be applied toward experience requirements.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
• Experience with Illumina library preparation, laboratory automation, and/or flow cytometry.
• Demonstrated analytical and quantitative skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service including patience with new researchers and ability to communicate complex, technical material verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work independently, be self-motivated, and have a willingness to learn and implement new techniques.