Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7127843 (Ref:hh-61653BR)

Posted: March 12, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description
A laboratory at Harvard Medical School/HHMI studying the development and degeneration of the central nervous system, with an emphasis on the eye, seeks a research technician for studies aimed toward ocular gene therapy.

Duties will include the breeding and maintenance of a mouse colony and injection of viruses into mice, as well as injections and dissections of chick embryos. The ability to perform small animal surgery, behavioral tests, immunohistochemistry, and microscopy are preferred, but not essential. The candidate will be required to collect, process, organize and summarize project data.

Assist in other experiments as needed.
Basic Qualifications
  • College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline.
  • At least one year of related work experience (relevant coursework may count towards experience).
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • College degree, with some experience in basic molecular biology, tissue culture, animal handling, and microscopy preferred.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to take direction as necessary are essential.
  • Small animal surgery, behavioral tests, immunohistochemistry, and microscopy will also be required.
  • Self-motivated, reliable, organized, detailed-oriented, and good communication skills are required.
  • Experience in basic molecular biology, tissue culture, and microscopy, are preferred, but not required.
Additional Information
This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position. 

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

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

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:

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.

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We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values
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.

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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Job posting number:#7127843 (Ref:hh-61653BR)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Harvard Medical School
United States
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