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RA II/Lab Operations Coordinator

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


Position Description
The Wu lab is seeking a lab manager/Research Assistant to support our team of geneticists, microscopists, engineers, biophysicists, and computational biologists as we develop and apply technologies with the goal of imaging, analyzing, and modeling the human genome in its entirety at super-resolution. The successful candidate will handle a diversity of support tasks for the laboratory (~15 hours/week) and then use the remaining time to support our research.

Support tasks would include, but are not limited to:
  • Purchasing, shipping, receiving, and all related paperwork, including filing Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) documents.
  • Maintaining the tissue culture room, coldroom, refrigerators, freezers, liquid nitrogen tanks, and a wide variety of other laboratory equipment, including working with facilities maintenance crews and housekeeping, as needed.
  • Managing laboratory waste, including monitoring how well the lab is adhering to guidelines, attending required meetings, and relaying key information to the lab.
  • Handling all aspects of maintaining lab safety, including working with Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and the Committee on Microbiological Safety (COMS).
  • Maintaining common areas of the lab, making stock solutions, and autoclaving,
  • Maintaining and updating the lab website and meeting schedule.
Research tasks:
  • Making Oligopaint probes for fluorescent in situ hybridization.
  • Conducting FISH analyses to validate the effectiveness of the probes generated.
  • Maintaining cell cultures.
  • Teaching Oligopaint protocols to new lab members and collaborators.
  • Assisting other researchers as needed.
Basic Qualifications
College background and 2+ years of relevant experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills
The successful candidate will have had at least 2-3 years of experience working in a laboratory, be as comfortable working as part of a team as working semi-independently, enjoy seeking additional responsibilities and exceeding expectations, and have strong skills in time management, recording keeping, paying attention to details, and building and maintaining relationships. The successful candidate will also be familiarity with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, have good communication skills, and a desire to learn.

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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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 - Boston

Job Code
403112 Research Assistant II Lab

Work Format


Salary Grade


55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Credit, 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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