Research Assistant II Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7100831

Posted: May 25, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

The Basan lab is located in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and is searching for a research technician to help with several ongoing projects. A strong work ethic and the willingness to learn new skills and to work in a team are essential. The candidate should enjoy working in close collaboration with postdocs in our lab. The willingness to learn how to work with different experimental systems, including adenovirus, lentivirus, cell lines and animals is required. Tasks will include making genetic constructs, tissue culture, tissue dissection, and microscopy, as well as screens.


After the appropriate safety training, the candidate should be willing to work in a BSL-2+ lab environment. Previous experience with any of the techniques mentioned above is a plus, but it is not required. We consider strong motivation, as well as a willingness to learn and also to work in a team as more important. In general, we are looking for creative, open-minded individuals, interested in venturing off the beaten track and possessing the determination to bring their ideas to fruition.


Fundamental biological questions that we are interested in include how cells achieve homeostasis of cell size, cell number, and cellular composition. In our lab, we address these challenges using a variety of experimental systems, including various bacterial species, cell lines, Drosophila, and mice. Our approach relies on the close coordination and mutual feedback between experimental and theoretical efforts and we combine careful characterization of physiology with genetic perturbations, omics technology, and theoretical models. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in all of these different exciting lines of research and to gain hands-on experience with diverse experimental approaches.


Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline (relevant course work may count towards experience).


Additional Qualifications and Skills

Experience with biological hypothesis testing and statistical Bachelor's degree in Biology Bioengineering, biochemistry or a related field or equivalent work experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory techniques such as molecular cloning and microbiological culture.
Methods for data analysis preferred.
Strong written and verbal communication skills a must.

Additional Information

This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.

Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. 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: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 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 with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly 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 complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.


Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.


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