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Harvard University Research Assistant I Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

63535BRAuto req ID:63535BRJob Code:403108 Research Assistant I Lab Department Office Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Research Assistant I LabSub-Unit:Sciences Salary Grade ( :052Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

College background in Biology, Chemistry, or other science-related field and one year directly related experience that includes tissue culture or mouse work in a research setting.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • BA/BS preferred.

  • Demonstrated abilities in basic laboratory techniques (cell culture, cell biology, histology, handling/breeding mice) helpful, but not required.

  • Experience with mouse disease models is highly desirable.

  • Must be familiar with the operation of standard lab equipment and with lab safety and biosafety procedures.

  • Ability to work independently, proficiency with web-based applications, databases and excellent organizational, and time management skills are essential for this role.

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to work in a collaborative team environment are required.

Additional Information:This is a one- year grant funded term position with the possibility of extension based on availability of continued funding.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS HR.

We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position

Department:Stem Cell and Regenerative BiologyPre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9-5pm; Some evening/weekend flexibility will be required.

Job Function:Research Position Description:

Research assistant will explore several aspects of projects relating to an understanding of neuronal or skeletal muscle differentiation. Experiments will involve mouse and human stem cell cultures, and standard molecular and cell biological techniques including immunohistochemistry, qPCR, and Western blotting and animal handling. Research assistants will collect, organize and analyze experimental data using software and spreadsheet applications, and perform general laboratory support tasks that may include ensuring quality control of equipment and reagents, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and ordering supplies. Research assistants are also expected to attend and actively participate in laboratory and research team meetings.

School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences 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.Working Conditions:

The research assistant will be required to work with and handle animals.

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.

Job Summary:

This position is part of a team of highly motivated scientists in Dr. Lee Rubin's laboratory within Harvard University's dynamic Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology who are using in vitro cell-based models to study and to find new therapeutics for diseases of the nervous and skeletal muscle systems.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:On-Site