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Research Assistant I Lab

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


Job-Specific Responsibilities
The laboratory of Ting Wu, located in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, is recruiting a research technician to start immediately! This individual will work under specific direction on spatial omics projects involving genetics, molecular biology, chemistry, microscopy, bioinformatics, and quantitative image analyses. We are a fun, passionate, and collaborative group that develops and uses cutting edge tools to better understand the functional aspects of three-dimensional genome organization.


Our laboratory studies chromosome biology. Chromosome sequence, structure, and positioning plays a pivotal role in gene regulation, stability, and ultimately, disease. To better understand this interplay between chromosomes and biological functions, we apply cutting edge biochemical, optical, and computational tools. We are constantly developing technologies (Oligopaints) to interrogate chromosomes at all length scales, from diffraction limited (OligoFISSEQ) and down to super-resolution (OligoSTORM, OligoDNA-PAINT) in highly multiplexed ways (OligoFISSEQ + OligoSTORM). We are a multidisciplinary, diverse, curious, and chromosome loving bunch. Check out our website for more details (

Typical Duties:

1. Performing laboratory experiments utilizing a wide range of techniques (e.g. OligoFISSEQ, OligoSTORM, Oligopaints, FISH, immunofluorescence, PCR) and equipment (e.g. super-resolution and conventional microscopes, microfluidics, thermal cyclers).
2. Designing Oligopaint libraries using bioinformatic pipelines.
3. Performing chemical reactions to formulate new reagents (sequencing reagents, fluorophores).
4. Collecting data.
5. Analyzing data by using and developing image analysis software.
6. Processing, organizing, and summarizing data, reporting experimental results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet, statistical software applications, and program platforms.
7. Assisting in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols.
8. Performing routine logging and/or testing of samples.
9. Performing related laboratory maintenance, such as maintaining and cleaning equipment and ordering supplies.

Basic Qualifications
At least one year of related work experience in a molecular biology laboratory (relevant coursework may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills
* Bachelor's degree in a science related field strongly preferred.
* Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or similar discipline preferred but not required.

Demonstrated abilities in basic laboratory techniques helpful, but not required. These techniques include PCR, human tissue culture, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), fluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry, as well as in situ sequencing, chemical labeling, and purification. Familiarity with bioinformatics and image analysis is desired, but not required. This may include Python, MATLAB, or R as well as ImageJ, Nikon Elements, Vutara SRX, or similar. Superior communications skills to enable close, collaborative work.

Working Conditions: Will be required to master and use safety procedures if working with hazardous materials.

Additional Information
This is a one-year term position from date of hire, with possibility of extension, contingent on work performance and continued funding for the position.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

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

Pre-Employment Screening

35 hours/week | Monday-Friday | 9:00am to 5:00pm

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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