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Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard University
Job Location:
Boston, Massachusetts
Laboratory and Research
Harvard Medical School


Job-Specific Responsibilities
We are looking for an independent and motivated research associate to join a group led by Adam Granger under the supervision of Bernardo Sabatini at Harvard Medical School. Our research is broadly interested in the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms that underly neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disease. We use a wide range of techniques including biochemistry, virology, electrophysiology, and advanced microscopy to study how cells and circuits in the brain operate in healthy conditions and during disease states. In particular, we are recruiting for a project that will study how microglial phagocytosis changes and contributes to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease.

Successful candidates will be independent, outgoing, flexible, self-motivated, and able to assimilate new information and execute quickly. You will have the opportunity to direct an independent research project while taking advantage of the diverse, welcoming, and exciting team of researchers at the Sabatini lab.

Duties of this position will include:
  • Biochemical extraction, isolation, and analysis of mouse brain tissue.
  • Mouse husbandry.
  • Tissue culture of heterologous and neuronal cells.
  • Processing of mouse brain tissue for anatomical and spatial transcriptomic analysis.
  • Basic molecular biology including plasmid construction, transfection, and expression screening.
  • Data and Imaging analysis.
  • Careful record keeping and documentation of experimental protocols and results.
  • Attend and present at team meetings to share results and plan experiments.
  • Oversee lab stocks to help manage the ordering of reagents and supplies.
  • Help with the adherence to lab safety and animal care use.
  • Other duties as needed
Basic Qualifications
College background and at least one year of related lab experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills
Excellent organizational and communication skills are required. BS. Or M.S. with prior experience in a wet lab environment - Experience with biochemistry including immunoprecipitation, western blots, and proteomics highly desirable. Experience or willingness to work with mice, manage a mouse colony, and perform survival and non-survival procedures as necessary, a must. Candidates should be communicative with excellent interpersonal skills, attentive to detail, organized, and thoughtful about the protocols and techniques being executed. Creativity, flexibility, and perseverance to troubleshoot and overcome inevitable experimental difficulties and changing experimental goals in light of new results. Must be able to schedule time and accomplish multiple experiments within a single day. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated experience with the ability to troubleshoot, problem-solve and be capable of carefully following standard operating procedures and accurately making notations when deviations occur. This position is for a 12-month term with the option to renew, we'd ideally prefer a candidate who is looking to stay for 2 years.

Additional Information
This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.

We are committed to cultivating aninclusive 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

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Job Function

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
403108 Research Assistant I Lab



Time Status

Salary Grade

55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

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

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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