Research Assistant II Lab | Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences - Military Veterans
at HERC - New England
The Research Assistant II position is part of a group of scientists in Dr. Lee Rubin's laboratory who are using in vivo and in vitro models to study neurodegeneration and aging and to identify potential therapeutics that prevent or reverse cognitive decline. This position will assist postdoctoral fellow(s) and perform projects to characterize the effects of therapeutic agents on aging mouse brains. Associated cell culture studies will also be carried out. In addition, reporting to the Principal Investigator, the research assistant will provide day-to-day organization/coordination of lab resources for the lab. More specifically: Research responsibilities : Under direction, research assistant will carry out standard laboratory protocols (for example, mouse behavioral assays, human neuronal cell cultures, histology, and standard molecular and cell biological techniques), collect and record experimental data, analyze results, and perform general laboratory support tasks. Research assistant is also expected to attend and actively participate in laboratory and research team meetings. Lab operations responsibilities: Day-to-day organization and coordination includes monitoring, purchasing, maintaining laboratory consumables - reagents and lab supplies; monitoring consumable spending; consolidating purchases for cost savings and improved efficiency; developing and implementing quality assurance programs for the lab; assisting new researchers with onboarding; updating animal protocols; Primary liaison with vendors regarding products and service equipment contracts, maintenance, and repairs. Basic Qualifications College background in Biology, Chemistry, or other science-related field and two years directly related experience that includes tissue culture or mouse work in a research setting. Additional Qualifications and Skills BA/BS in biological sciences is strongly preferred. Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative team environment are essential. Must be familiar with the operation of standard lab equipment and with lab safety and biosafety procedures. Ability to work independently, proficiency with web-based applications, databases, excellent organizational, time management, written and verbal communication skills are essential for this role. Working Conditions Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage . Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website . Additional Information This is a two year grant funded term position with the possibility of extension based on the availability of continued funding. Salary Grade: 053 Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and 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.
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