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Research Assistant

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Laboratory and Research
Harvard Medical School


Position Description
The Garner Lab is housed at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Neurobiology. We study how past experiences and memories change the way sensory information is processed. We use cutting-edge optical techniques to investigate neural circuits in behaving mice. Please visit the lab website for more information on specific projects: We are seeking an enthusiastic, organized individual to join our team as a Research Assistant I.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Mouse Colony - organization and maintenance (e.g. husbandry, genotyping).
  • Interface with veterinary staff and serve as a representative to animal oversight groups.
  • Lab Safety Officer - representative to institutional safety oversight groups.
  • Purchasing - document inventory, and ensure consumable lab supplies are stocked (e.g. gloves, pipet tips). May work with vendors to address equipment, reagents, or supply issues.
  • Onboard new folks who join the lab in the future (e.g. direct to lab safety and animal use training courses, assist in orienting to the lab and department).
  • Assist with a variety of laboratory protocols working with mice and histology. Provide general experimental support for lab members.
After demonstrating proficiency in managerial and experimental support roles, this position has the opportunity to include experimental work on a project of your choice. Please include a Cover Page (one-page max) describing: (i) your relevant experience in a laboratory setting or management experience, (ii) why you are interested in this position.

Basic Qualifications
College background and 1+ years relevant experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, or related discipline.
  • Able to work with mice.
  • Able to commit at least two years' duration to the position.
  • Laboratory experience (not laboratory course) and/or management experience.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Prior experience in handling/screening/colony management of small animals (e.g. mice).
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 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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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.
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
403108 Research Assistant I Lab

Work Format



Time Status

Salary Grade

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Identity

35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.
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