Research Assistant I

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7209715 (Ref:hh-64737BR)

Posted: January 23, 2024

Job Description

Position Description
Our laboratory seeks to understand why sleep is essential for survival. We use a variety of in vivo and in vitro approaches including fly and mouse genetics, molecular, biochemical and imaging techniques. We are looking for a Research Assistant to assist with several tasks, including but not limited to basic molecular genetics, cell biology (PCR, histology, etc.), preparing solutions, and laboratory setup maintenance. Additional duties of the RA I will include mouse colony maintenance, fly stock maintenance, microscopy and carrying out assays to functionally assess sleep behavior of genetically manipulated flies. This person will spend 90% of his/her time working on a scientific project, and 10% of the time on lab maintenance. The person will get a great training in research, both scientific thinking and experimental designs and skills. The person we are looking for should be well organized, motivated, and a responsible team member.
Basic Qualifications
College background preferably in life sciences or related discipline. One year related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor's Degree preferred. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills; good verbal and written communication; proficiency with computer technologies and software; the ability to take direction.
Additional Information
This is a 6-month term position with the possibility of renewal based on available funding and research outcomes.

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

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

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

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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

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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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