Job DescriptionJob-Specific Responsibilities
Full-time lab-based research assistant wanted to join Dr. Norbert Perrimon’s group in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. This position will be part of the Drosophila RNAi Screening Center (DRSC) and Transgenic RNAi Project (TRiP) which supports high-throughput studies in Drosophila cells and in vivo. The primary focus of this position will be to help generate and characterize transgenic fly models of human diseases. The ideal candidate would be able to both contribute to our existing molecular biology and in vivo workflows and help design, scale up, optimize, and/or automate additional workflows based on newly developed technologies, as part of our fast-paced and collegial technology team.
Basic molecular biology techniques (PCR, Gibson and gateway cloning methods, gel electrophoresis) to generate and analyze plasmid DNA for the purpose of generating new genetic tools. Input reagent and quality analysis information into laboratory information management system (LIMS); Maintenance Drosophila stocks and genetic crosses; Maintain precise records of work; Efficient and thorough communication.
College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline. Minimum of 1 year of wet lab experience (higher education may count toward experience).
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field strongly preferred. Prior experience with basics of molecular biology such as PCR, gel electrophoresis and bacterial transformations as well as cell culture and Drosophila genetics. Ability to interpret and implement protocols and applying previous experiences to new situations. Minimum of 1 to 2 years of wet lab experience.
This is a one-year term position from date of hire with possibility of extension, contingent on work performance and continued funding to support the position.
Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.
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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.