Research Assistant I

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7239499 (Ref:hh-65605BR)

Posted: April 26, 2024

Job Description

Position Description
The Garner Lab studies how experience and the formation of memories affects the way sensory information is perceived and how expectations are created and affect neural processing. We use a variety of techniques including optical physiology (e.g. 2-photon imaging, widefield imaging, optogenetics) as well as pharmacology, genetics, molecular biology, and behavior in mice to understand and manipulate the remarkable process of perception and plasticity in the brain. We are looking for a Research Assistant who enjoys building, programming, and problem solving. This position will include building mechanical and optical equipment in the lab such as a wide field imaging rig and behavioral rigs and running experiments with this equipment. Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and/or lab manager this individual will perform a variety of experimental and research support tasks. Candidates should be comfortable working in python, matlab, or Lab View and enthusiastic about expanding their programming capabilities. Successful candidates will be independent, flexible, self-motivated, and able to assimilate new information and execute quickly.
Basic Qualifications
College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor's degree and at least one year of related laboratory experience.
  • Working in a biological, engineering, or programming capacity in a lab during undergrad may be considered relevant experience. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are required.
  • Experience or willingness to work with mice and ability to perform survival surgery procedures are also necessary.
  • Candidates need to be thoughtful about protocols and techniques executed.
  • Candidates need to show creativity, flexibility, and perseverance to troubleshoot and overcome inevitable experimental and technical difficulties. 
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.

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.

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

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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
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.

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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Job posting number:#7239499 (Ref:hh-65605BR)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Harvard Medical School
United States
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