The Ginty Laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School uses a combination of molecular genetics, anatomy, behavior, and electrophysiology to gain a better appreciation of the development, organization, and function of low-threshold mechanoreceptors and the complex neural circuitry that underlies our sense of touch.
We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant (RA) to assist in the study of neural circuitry that underlies touch and pain. Working under the direction of the Principal Investigator and senior lab personnel, the successful candidate will utilize mouse genetics, molecular biology, histological and behavioral approaches to understand the neurobiological mechanisms of touch and pain.
Working within established guidelines and under specific direction from supervisors and other research staff, the RA will:
Prepare lab reagents, chemicals, instruments, and equipment
Perform mouse husbandry tasks
Perform laboratory experiments utilizing standard techniques including mouse behavioral assays, immunohistochemical analysis, microscopy, and genotyping.
Assists in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols
Processes, organize, summarize, and report experimental data using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet, or statistical software applications or program platforms.
Participate in weekly lab meetings and journal clubs
Instruct and assist other staff and students in basic laboratory techniques
Perform related lab duties such as processing orders/invoices, maintaining and cleaning equipment, preparing common stock solutions, ordering and restocking supplies, and keeping a clean laboratory environment.
This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.
Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.
Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.
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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, preferably in a related discipline.
Demonstrated competence in mouse work including husbandry and genotyping. Ability to perform, analyze and resolve technical issues related to mouse work. Must be able to work independently in the lab as well as under direction of the lead investigator. Excellent communication skills. Sound interpersonal skills and the ability to supervise others. Ability to work independently and display initiative to introduce innovations to research study. Ability to identify problems and develop solutions. Ability to prioritize tasks and set deadlines. Functions with speed, precision, and an understanding of theory behind procedures.
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: 54622BR
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