The Mair lab at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, is looking for a Research Assistant to support its research program and day-to-day lab operations. The Mair lab uses multiple genetic models (C. elegans, mouse, mammalian cell lines) to study conserved molecular and cellular mechanisms by which animals modulate their rate of aging in response to changes in nutrition and the environment. In addition to providing support for the daily running of the lab, the successful candidate will be responsible for cryopreservation and management of C. elegans stocks, will perform microinjections in C. elegans to generate novel transgenic and genome-edited strains, and will provide experimental support (molecular biology and lifespan assays) for research projects as needed.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Management of lab inventory and ordering
Freezing, thawing and maintenance of C. elegans strains
Making buffers, plates and other lab reagents
Experiments in C. elegans, including lifespan assays
Microinjection to generate novel transgenic and genome edited C. elegans strains by CRISPR
Molecular biology support to projects as needed, including DNA/RNA purification, PCR, and gel electrophoresis
Involvement in mouse and/or cell culture research, depending on the incumbent's previous experience
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire,with the possibility for extension.
PLEASE NOTE: The finalist will be required to pass an Occupational Health screening.
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Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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, $40 per class 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 complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 052
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
1+ years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
Bachelor's Degree in a field of biological sciences preferred
Experience with standard techniques in molecular biology (DNA/RNA purification, PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning), and biochemistry (western blotting) strongly preferred
Experience working with C. elegans (freezing, thawing, genotyping, microinjection) preferred
High level of initiative and motivation preferred
Ability to work independently and with a team preferred
Excellent communication, organization, time management, and record-keeping skills preferred
Interest in genetics preferred
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47897BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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