Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7077037

Posted: April 13, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Loparo laboratory in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology is looking for an intellectually curious and motivated Research Assistant. Our laboratory is comprised of a diverse group of molecular biologists, protein biochemists, and biophysicists interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of genome maintenance. We are looking for a Research Assistant who will work closely with a senior scientist in our laboratory. The Research Assistant will learn cutting-edge approaches in bacterial genetics and protein biochemistry while helping with the following efforts: Investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Develop field-deployable molecular diagnostic assays for various pathogens including SARS-CoV-2. The expectation is that these efforts will earn the Research Assistant opportunities to be a contributing author on peer-reviewed publications. Day-to-day tasks of the Research Assistant will include assisting with DNA cloning, protein purification, bacterial genome engineering, bacterial genetic assays, and flow cytometry. The Research Assistant will also be asked to contribute to general lab tasks including ordering laboratory supplies and maintaining lab supplies and glassware.

Basic Qualifications

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

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or chemistry preferred.
Experience with molecular biology, bacterial genetics and/or protein biochemistry preferred but not required.
One-year experience doing lab work (lab classwork may be acceptable.)

Additional Information

this is a one-year term position from date of hire, contingent on performance and continued funding for the position.

Offer contingent on successful completion of pre-placement medical evaluation.

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

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, $40 per class 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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