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Manager of Genetic Resources

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Job Summary

The Museum of Comparative Zoology aims to be an inclusive environment that welcomes colleagues of all backgrounds to work in a respectful and collegial environment. The Manager of Genetic Resources will interact with staff and researchers across the MCZ, students, and the public, and we seek candidates who value all these interactions.

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390058 Museum Manager


USA - MA - Cambridge

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Manager of Genetic Resources



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00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Basic Qualifications

Master's degree required in biology and/or natural history museum studies. At least 7 years of curatorial experience in natural history museums, and genetic resource collection with liquid nitrogen cryogenic storage systems. Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Ph.D. preferred in biological sciences with emphasis in evolutionary genetics or genomics. Must have practical understanding of molecular biology techniques (e.g., DNA extraction, sequencing); and associated collection protocol (including loan procedures, tissue sampling, etc.); experience in laboratory/facility management; experience in relevant occupational health and safety issues; demonstrated writing, verbal and organizational skills, including presentation. Previous laboratory and facilities management experience; excellent computer skills, including database management; excellent interpersonal and communication skills required; ability to work both independently and in a busy team environment; ability to coordinate tasks with multiple constituencies.

Additional Information

A resume and cover letter must be submitted in order to be considered for this position.

Harvard will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

***All formal written offers will be made by FAS HR.

With rich collections comprised of more than 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has been a center for research and education focused on advancing evolutionary biology and biodiversity science since its founding in 1859.

FAS is 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.


Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ)

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Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Job Function


Position Description

Reports to the MCZ's Director, Collections Operations. Supervises the organization and storage of genetic resources within the MCZ Cryogenic Collection, which includes storage of samples in liquid nitrogen; manages the incorporation and management of data associated with genetic resources (e.g., tissues, DNA/RNA samples) into MCZ-wide collection database; develop and manage standard collection-management record keeping and other administrative functions required for collecting, accessioning, and loan activities to comply with relevant laws and regulations; strategic direction and development of protocols and procedures for genetic and genomic analysis, including DNA barcoding (i.e., isolation of DNA, PCR, Sanger sequencing), whole genome sequencing, and/or next-generation sequencing (NGS) of MCZ genetic resources, as well as QC of the results, data analysis, and instrument maintenance; and responsible for compliance with all environmental, health and safety requirements, including training and documentation of facilities. The Manager of Genetic Resources will supervise and manage curatorial/technical staff associated with the Cryogenic Collection and genetic and genomic work associated with MCZ samples; may assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement.


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to stand for extended periods, walk, climb or balance, stoop, reach, kneel and/or crouch, often on uneven terrain or wet surfaces. Must be able to lift and/or move objects weighing 50 pounds.

Working Conditions

COVID Vaccine Policy: The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated (primary series) against COVID, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Information . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: .

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

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