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Research Assistant III- RNA Technologies

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Laboratory and Research
Wyss Institute at Harvard University


Job Summary
About us:
The Wyss Institute's mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. We harness the freedom of academia and the focus of industry in order to translate revolutionary technologies into commercial products and solutions. At the Wyss Institute, faculty from premier academic and clinical institutions, collaborate with staff scientists, postdocs, graduate students, industry experts, business development leaders, and entrepreneurs across disciplines to invent and de- risk new technologies that don't just succeed at making it to the market - they disrupt it. We support research that universities, companies, and venture capital firms don't fund because they view it as too risky. We prefer to use the word "challenging," and we love challenges. For more information, visit:

About you:
You are a collaborative, impact-focused problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. You are excited about science and enjoy working at the bench, and may be interested in gaining additional research experience in a translational environemnt for two years before graduate school. You want the opportunity to explore your scientific interests and apply your knowledge to tackle ambitious projects in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial-minded environment with resources and support from top-notch scientific, operations, and administrative professionals. You enjoy working with diverse groups of people and leveraging your expertise to create innovations that can change the world.

About the role:
We are looking for a Research Assistant III to join our Diagnostics Accelerator initiative. You will work with a multidisciplinary team on developing RNA-based technologies for investigating pathological states from human biofluids. You will lead development of novel Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) experimental and computational methods that will be used across different diseases. Although you will work within a team and receive significant experimental and computational training, you will also have significant opportunities for scientific independence, and previous RAs working with us have contributed to multiple publications and presented their work at international conferences.

Position Description
What you'll do:
  • Develop expertise in new and established techniques for profiling of nucleic acid biomarkers from human biofluids, analyze resulting Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data for circulating nucleic acids changes in different disease states.
  • Work in collaboration with senior lab members to establish automation using liquid handling instruments.
  • Provide training and guidance to other lab members on experimental technique
  • Perform lab maintenance such as maintaining and/or purchasing equipment and ordering supplies, as required
  • Present data at internal Wyss meetings with supervision from senior lab members
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a biological science or related field is required.
  • Two or more years of experience in molecular biology or biochemistry, including experience with molecular biology techniques and constructing/optimizing NGS libraries; and/or programming experience in Python and/or R and analyzing NGS data is required.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Desirable Skills: 
  • Full time, post-university research experience is strongly preferred, however exceptional candidates graduating in spring 2024 with two or more years of undergraduate research experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience with RNA biology and/or protein biochemistry is advantageous
Additional Information
This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal

Harvard is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Why you'll like working with us: 

At the Wyss Institute, you're a member of a supportive, dynamic community that is united by its shared goal of changing the world through groundbreaking technology development and commercialization. We encourage your professional growth and development through mentorship and tuition reimbursement to support continued learning, and more. We also support your physical, financial, and mental well-being through generous time off benefits, gym reimbursements, and other programs offered through Harvard. Our facility is located in a new, state-of-the-art life sciences building in the lively Fenway neighborhood, where you have access to multiple amenities including a roof top terrace with stunning views of Boston and proximity to numerous restaurants and cultural attractions.  We value an inclusive and diverse workforce, and believe that our differences enrich the work environment for all.

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Work Format Details
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.

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
403116 Research Assistant III Lab

Work Format


Salary Grade

Wyss Institute

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm 

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
As a collaborative organization, we at the Wyss Institute know that great innovation happens when diverse perspectives come together to solve problems. As a result, we are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness both in and out of the lab. When recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you will bring in terms of education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran's status, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. We believe these differences in background, experience, and perspective enrich our work environment and are essential to our mission of solving complex problems through technology development and translation.

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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