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Researcher II

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


Job Summary

Research in the Giribet Lab is driven by an interest in animal diversity and evolution. To understand how this diversity came to be, we focus on reconstructing the chronicle of animal life. With an array of data and approaches, we investigate relationships of invertebrate phyla and the timing of their diversification. This position is key to the smooth daily operations of the lab. The faculty member will heavily rely on this position to keep research projects running smoothly on a day-to-day basis. The position is a point of contact and resource to people in the lab and externally as well.

Position Description

The Researcher II advises undergraduate students in the proper lab techniques and best practices. Interprets and implements research methods for others in the lab. Recommends creative solutions to improve quality of outcomes and data. Responsible for daily maintenance and operations of the Lab. Determines what supplies to purchase for lab, replenishes consumables and glassware, and properly stores and inventories instruments and hardware. Point of contact for operational issues while PI is away from the lab. On behalf of PI, leads research projects and independently carries out laboratory experiments. Trains graduate, post-docs, researchers and others on the lab equipment. Troubleshoots equipment, performs repairs, and arranges for equipment maintenance and repair by vendors as needed. Assigns and oversees individual lab member tasks/duties and organizes lab-wide cleaning efforts. Works collaboratively with members in the lab in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques and protocols to support their research. Instructs other staff and students in basic laboratory techniques and trains personnel on specific equipment, as needed. Works directly with vendors to address lab-specific needs, obtain quotes, and solve billing issues. Organizes and summarizes data, reporting experiment results in different formats, in compliance with federal grants. Presents research at lab meetings, and at national conferences. Contributes to scientific papers. Conducts orientation for new lab members and administers lab-specific exit checklists.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in biology, genetics/genomics or closely related field. At least 3 years' experience in a research lab is required. Lab experience during education may count towards experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Master's degree is preferred. Candidate must be well-trained and self-motivated with excellent organizational, management, and communication skills. The ability to work as part of a team, problem solve, and be adaptable to new situations is also crucial. Experience running and troubleshooting equipment is a plus. Great independent judgement required.

Physical Requirements

May be required to lift, move, and transport related laboratory equipment.

Working Conditions

Lab and office setting.

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.

Additional Information

In order to be considered for this position, a cover letter and resume must be submitted.

This is a 6 month term position with the possibility of extension. We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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

Work Format Details
This position is based on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. 

About Us
OEB is a diverse and vibrant department with a broad range of research and teaching interests, ranging from the evolution and control of gene expression patterns within individuals and populations to the dynamics of ecosystems. Field and laboratory studies are key to understanding the evolution of organisms, how biodiversity is generated and maintained, how organisms work, and how organisms interact with their environment. OEB has close working associations with its allied institutions: the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) and the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH), as well as the Arnold Arboretum and the Harvard Forest. These institutions and their collections offer an unparalleled, rich set of resources for OEB students, faculty, visitors and staff.

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
RS0156 Researcher II Natural Science

Work Format


Salary Grade

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB)

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Monday - Friday, daily hours to be determined.

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.

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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