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, and 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, organizes, summarizes, and reports 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.
College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
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.
This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.
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.
The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
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