Job DescriptionJob Summary
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: http://wyss.harvard.edu/
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 want the freedom to explore, to push the boundaries of what is possible, and to use your ambition to tackle challenging projects in a fast-paced, industry-focused environment without a lot of administrative hurdles. 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 an enthusiastic Research Assistant II to join our team to work on a multidisciplinary project focused on developing biostasis-inducing therapeutics that can reversibly slow or even stop the processes of cellular metabolism at room temperature. These molecular compounds could be used to stabilize vaccines without the need for a cold chain of transportation, preserve cellular therapies and organs for transplantation, and buy time to treat people with life-threatening injuries. You will assist in research studies involving Xenopus embryos and tadpoles, with a concentration on understanding the therapeutic effects of these compounds on trauma states. For more information, visit: https://wyss.harvard.edu/keywords/Biostasis/
What you'll do:
With supervision from senior staff, help design and execute experiments towards understanding the therapeutic effects of biostasis inducers on trauma states.
With training from senior staff, perform experiments involving high throughput fluorescent microscopy, Xenopus in vivo assays, and molecular biology techniques.
Provide daily care for Xenopus embryos and tadpoles in our dedicated Xenopus facility, including media changes, feeding, and health checks.
Order supplies/consumables and maintain shared stocks.
Accurately and thoroughly document experimental observations and protocols and write/update standard operating procedures.
Under the supervision of senior staff, present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute.
What you'll need:
College background in cell biology, biomedical engineering, or related fields required.
At least one year of lab research experience is required. Higher education may count towards years of experience.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor's degree in a biological science or bioengineering is strongly preferred.
2+ years of research experience is preferred.
Strong organizational and communication skills to aid in interaction with multidisciplinary groups of biologists, engineers, and technology innovators.
Able to work in chemical and biological laboratory environments.
Experience working with Xenopus, zebrafish, or other model organisms is advantageous but not required.
Offer contingent on successful completion of pre-placement medical evaluation. This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal.
Harvard is unable 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.