Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7079512

Posted: June 7, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Fishell lab is a neurobiology lab at Harvard Medical School and the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute. The lab employs a variety of techniques to understand the embryonic specification of cortical interneurons and the integration of interneurons into cortical circuits. As these cell populations have been heavily implicated in human developmental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, understanding their development is critical for advancing our knowledge of these diseases.

The candidate will work directly with the Fishell group primarily at Harvard Medical School (HMS). We are looking for a highly motivated individual who has experience with mouse work and colony maintenance to work as part of a research team. Specifically, the candidate is expected to carry out lab management duties and assist lab members with management of the animal colony. Basic computer skills and previous laboratory experience are essential.

Lab management and organization.
Sample preparation and sectioning.
Mouse husbandry.
Data processing and analysis.
Interacting and working with collaborators.

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent work experience in a related discipline.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

B.S. in biology, neurobiology, molecular/cellular biology, or a related field, with at least 2 years of research experience.
Prior lab experience in maintaining animal colony.
Prior experience as a lab manager is desired but not necessary.
Must be able to work independently and on multidiscipline project teams.
Prior molecular, cellular and biochemical experience desired.
Outstanding personal initiative and communication skills.
Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
Strong analytical skills and detail-oriented.
Must be willing and able to develop and shift plans in service of a rapidly changing environment and troubleshoot to solve problems.

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 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

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.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.

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