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Research Assistant I

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Job Summary

In the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, we research and teach how the collective behavior of molecules and cells forms the basis of life. We are driven by a passion for discovery and value collaborative approaches to scientific inquiry, where connections between people fuel interdisciplinary science and break boundaries across varied experimental systems. Against a backdrop of cutting edge biological research, we work as a team of educators and mentors to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and global citizens. The Whipple Lab has an opening for a full-time Research Assistant I position. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to provide comprehensive technical support for projects related to epigenetic regulation in neurons.

Auto req ID

65074BR

Job Code

403108 Research Assistant I Lab

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Business Title

Research Assistant I

Sub-Unit

Sciences

Salary Grade

052

Time Status

Full-time

Union

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Basic Qualifications

Background in and knowledge of biology or biological sciences.

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • B.S. degree in biology or biological sciences strongly preferred
  • Basic knowledge of general laboratory practices and procedures is required. Two years of laboratory research experience is strongly preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required, as is the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Must be well-organized with attention to detail
  • Must be self-motivated with excellent time-management, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
Additional Information

This is a 1 year term position with possibility of extension contingent on performance and funding.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS HR.

We are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.

Department

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Pre-Employment Screening

Identity

Schedule

35 hours per week

Job Function

Research

Position Description
  • Assist with experimental design
  • Assist with animal husbandry and mouse colony management
  • Perform experiments involving mammalian cell culture, including mouse embryonic stem cells and mouse neurons
  • Perform experiments using standard molecular cell biology techniques, including bacterial cloning, genetic engineering, flow cytometry, and high-throughput sequencing
  • Collect and record data from experiments; process, organize, and summarize data
The successful candidate will perform tasks related to ongoing research projects as well as lab managerial tasks, including maintenance and safety.

School/Unit

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.

Working Conditions

This position does not offer hybrid remote/in person work flexibility. There is an expectation that employees be able to work in person in Cambridge, MA.

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.

Benefits

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards ) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with 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 program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Work Format

On-Site

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Work Format Details

This position is based on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable).

About Us

MCB recognizes that the work of equity is always ongoing, and that there will always be room for improvement. We are looking for people to join our community who want to be part of that effort. We value the fundamental importance of a diverse community where everyone, regardless of background, ability, or identity, is appreciated for being themselves.

Company

 Harvard FAS

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the home of Harvard’s undergraduate program (Harvard College, founded in 1636) as well as all of Harvard’s PhD. programs (the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1872). The 40 academic departments and more than 30 centers of the FAS support a community unparalleled in its academic excellence across the broadest range of liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Together, the FAS seeks to foster an environment of ambition, curiosity and shared commitment to knowledge and truth that elicits excellence from all members of our community and prepares the next generation of leaders through a transformative educational experience.

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