Research Assistant II

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7221687 (Ref:hh-65014BR)

Posted: February 27, 2024

Job Description

Position Description
The successful candidate for this position will contribute to an interdisciplinary research team that is working to understand the genetic and cellular basis of normal human brain function and of brain disorders including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Huntington’s disease.

The McCarroll Lab ( studies the human brain using a variety of approaches and technologies, many of which we invented in recent years and/or are further developing. These include approaches for analyzing RNA and proteins in thousands of individual cells simultaneously (

Coordination and collaboration within interdisciplinary research teams (that combine biology, statistics and data science) is a key aspect of this research.

Job-Specific Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to experimental workflows for profiling the molecular contents and biological states of thousands of individual cells in human brain tissue, contributing to all aspects including planning experiments; creating DNA-barcoding reagents; extracting nuclei from human brain tissue; preparing molecular libraries; and high-throughput sequencing.
  • Optimize and execute molecular-biological reactions such as PCR and DNA extraction.
  • Independently troubleshoot and optimize techniques and technologies.
  • Maintain detailed experimental notes in the lab’s electronic lab notebook.
  • Report experimental results in weekly lab meetings.
  • Contribute to other projects as needed.
Basic Qualifications
  • College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline.
  • One to two+ years related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, biomedical engineering, or other quantitative area of science or engineering. Extensive course work could in some cases be equivalent to a major.
  • At least one year of laboratory experience.

Subjective qualifications:
  • Clear and effective in verbal and written communication.
  • Able to critically read and discuss scientific research publications.
  • Collaborate with a diverse group including laboratory scientists, project managers, professional staff, and academic trainees.
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. 

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.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
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:#7221687 (Ref:hh-65014BR)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Harvard Medical School
United States
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