The Department of Molecular Metabolism (MET) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (SPH) conducts pioneering research into the causes of underlying complex human disorders. Our studies aim to transform our understanding of wellness and disease and will help us develop novel approaches to address the major challenges to global public health. Learn more about MET and their research here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/molecular-metabolism/.
We are seeking a Research Assistant (RA) to support Dr. Nora Kory, a new faculty member at SPH. Dr. Kory investigates the compartmentalization of metabolism and mitochondrial transport using a combination of techniques including functional genomics (CRISPR screens), metabolomics, imaging, and cell biology and biochemistry methods.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Perform laboratory experiments utilizing specific and prescribed techniques and equipment
Collect project data; process, organize and summarize data, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms
Process orders or invoices, or undertake other clerical and basic accounting duties under the direction of administrative personnel
Organize and manage laboratory databases and reagent collections
May perform routine logging and testing of samples
Assist in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols as a member of a project team or together with the principal investigator
Assist in animal related lab matters including maintaining animal protocols, complying with university regulations and best practices of animal experiments, recording animal ordering/usage, and managing the mouse colony including ordering/import of animals, breeding and genotyping
Perform related lab maintenance such as maintaining and cleaning equipment and ordering supplies
Communicate and coordinate with various department and school administrative personnel on lab issues
May instruct other staff and students in basic laboratory techniques and carry out lab safety orientation for new lab members
Attend department and School meetings on behalf of the lab as needed (e.g. regular lab management meetings held by MET Research Operations Manager, journal clubs, seminars, and lab meetings)
Participate in trainings as needed and appropriate to role
Act as contact for some lab matters and work closely with department and central School staff on behalf of lab (e.g. operations, IT, research administration, and department administrators, IACUC, and EHS)
Perform other duties and special projects as assigned
The RA will also have the exciting opportunity to become more involved in various research aspects within the lab, based on their personal interest areas, including the potential to lead their own research project.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of one year from date of hire with the possibility of extension.
PLEASE NOTE: The finalist will be required to pass an occupational health screening.
PLEASE NOTE: Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site (on campus in Boston) onboarding and lab work. The majority of the work, though, is expected to take place in person -- and in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols. During this time, the shifts are also likely to be irregular (potentially including weekends and off-hours) and may therefore require schedule flexibility.
PLEASE NOTE: Occasional schedule flexibility will be required.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review (O&R) period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
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 relevant experience is required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
Bachelor's Degree in a scientific or related field strongly preferred
College background or equivalent work experience, such as in biological sciences, preferred
Experience working with animal experiments preferred
Excellent communication skills are highly 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: 53391BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.