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Research Assistant I Non-Lab

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Laboratory and Research
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

The research assistant for the Evolutionary Neuroscience Lab located within the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University will assist with collection and analysis of human, primate, and/or canine neuroimaging data. The lab studies how selection has shaped the brains and behaviors of different species.  This position would involve contributing to studies of comparative neuroscience related to the evolution of behavioral adaptations like language, tool use, and other learned skills.  The research assistant will work with a team of lab members to preprocess and analyze structural MRI data, diffusion MRI data, and resting state functional MRI data.  The research assistant will also assist with training students on these tasks. Participation in behavioral and/or neurohistology studies is also possible, but not required. 

Position Description

Job duties include:

Following established protocols, collects project data, acquiring it through observation, structured interviews, library research, data processing methods, or other research methods; 

May perform related laboratory maintenance such as Preparing and executing preprocessing pipelines, including quality control

Processes, organizes and summarizes data, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms. Examples include executing neuroimaging analyses such as gray matter morphometry, white matter microstructure, diffusion connectivity, functional connectivity, and/or others

The research assistant will have the opportunity to attend lab meetings, contribute to research discussions, and participate in the general lab community. 

Other duties as required

Basic Qualifications
*        At least one year related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills
*        An interest in evolutionary or comparative neuroscience

*        Familiarity with FSL, SBM, ANTS, and/or other neuroimaging analysis tools

Physical Requirements

May be required to lift, move and transport related research equipment (25lbs)

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an Office and laboratory setting.
Local and long distance travel may be required. 

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position, with possibility of renewal, dependent upon adequate funding and satisfactory performance.

We regret that Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this position. 

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Work Format Details
This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

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 - Cambridge

Job Code
403109 Research Assistant I Non-Lab

Work Format


Salary Grade

Human Evolutionary Biology

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Hourly Rate and/or Rate Range

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening

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