The Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID) focuses on the biological, immunological, epidemiological and ecological aspects of viral, bacterial and protozoan diseases of animals and humans, including the vectors that transmit infectious agents. Research in the department's 14 laboratories is primarily focused on diseases of developing countries.
The Neafsey Lab (https://sites.sph.harvard.edu/neafsey-lab/) uses genomic and transcriptomic sequence data to study vector-borne infectious diseases (principally malaria). The lab employs a perspective informed by population genetics and molecular evolution to investigate interactions between microbes, vectors, and hosts.
The successful candidate will assist in research exploring the evolutionary genomics of malaria parasites and Anopheles mosquito vectors.
The responsibilities of the Research Assistant include, but are not limited to, the following:
Performing molecular protocols preparatory to sequencing or genotyping samples, including DNA extraction, PCR or whole genome amplification, library construction, and DNA quantitation
Execution and optimization of genotyping assays for malaria parasites and Anopheles mosquitoes, including locus selection, primer design, and evaluation of assay performance from Illumina sequencing data
Supporting tissue culture of Plasmodium falciparum, including preparation of media and culture reagents, long-term storage and retrieval of cell lines, culture adaptation of patient derived samples and subcloning, drug testing and other phenotypic assays, and isolation of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and protein samples
Executing basic molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, gene cloning, transfection, and analysis of DNA using standard laboratory techniques.
Managing samples and data with precision, and perform routine computational activities to summarize biological data
Other duties as assigned
The candidate is required to interact with a large variety of other staff and researchers including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and senior scientists. The candidate will present their work in group and laboratory meetings to update the Principal Investigator.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of June 30, 2022 with the possibility of extension.
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 modified manner – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and a combination of remote and on-site (on campus in Boston) lab work – 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.
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: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
2+ years of related experience required; combination of education and experience will be considered
Bachelor's Degree preferred
College coursework in Biology or related field strongly preferred
Previous experience with vector-borne diseases a strong plus
Experience with sterile technique and basic molecular biology protocols preferred
Experience with or knowledge of molecular biology methods preferred
Tissue culture experience is desirable
Strong analytical and quantitative skills preferred
High level of initiative and works with little supervision preferred
Excellent organizational skills preferred
Strong attention to detail preferred
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, preferred
Experience with multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment preferred
Excellent interpersonal skills and great at working in a team environment 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: 53581BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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