The Greenberg lab at Harvard Medical School examines how neuronal activity induced by sensory experience shapes the maturation and plasticity of the nervous system. Neuronal activity triggers a cascade of molecular signaling events in neurons, including modifications to the epigenome, transcriptome, and proteome, which promote long-lasting effects on the physiology and connectivity of neuronal networks. Our lab uses a combination of mouse genetics, human and primate stem cell-derived neuron models, biochemistry and sequencing technologies to uncover new mechanisms controlling these signaling events and to explore their significance during development, evolution, and in diseases of the nervous system. Specifically, we are seeking assistance for projects 1) uncovering human- and primate-specific aspects of the activity-dependent signaling pathway to understand cognitive evolution and 2) studying the activity-dependent mechanisms underlying human diseases, specifically autism spectrum disorders. In this position, you will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge molecular biology techniques, neuronal differentiation of human embryonic stem cells, new imaging modalities, and genomic assays to characterize chromatin and RNA dynamics in human cells. You will also gain experience in bioinformatic analysis of sequencing datasets and evolutionary dynamics. We are looking to hire a curious, motivated, highly organized research assistant seeking experience in molecular neuroscience techniques. You will be directly mentored by a postdoctoral fellow, a Ph.D. student, and a pediatric neurologist, providing exposure and advice for multiple career tracks. This position is ideally suited for individuals seeking to launch a career in research science or medicine.
This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.
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.
College background or equivalent work experience in a related discipline.
Experience working with human pluripotent stem cells or other cell culture models preferred. Preference will be given to candidates that can commit for two years. Prior research experience is desirable, though not essential. At least one year of related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience). Demonstrated abilities in basic laboratory techniques helpful, but not required. Exposure to applicable computer technologies, including specific software applications, may be required. Appropriate communications skills required. May be required to lift, move and transport related laboratory equipment. May be required to work with a variety of hazardous materials. While prior laboratory experience is helpful, most important is a candidate with curiosity, work ethic, organization, the ability to learn new techniques, and an excellent track record in college. We expect to teach the biochemical, molecular biology, and neuroscience approaches that will be used. This is an ideal position for a recent college graduate interested in preparing for graduate or medical school. Members from groups underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply.
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: 54226BR
About Harvard University Medical School
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.