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Research Assistant I Lab
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 03/07/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

This position is part of a highly collaborative group of scientists in Dr. Lee Rubin's laboratory who are using in vivo and in vitro models to study neurodegeneration and aging and to identify potential therapeutics that prevent or reverse cognitive decline. This position will assist postdoctoral fellow(s) and perform projects to characterize the effects of therapeutic agents on aging mouse brains. Cell culture studies will also be carried out to assess the effects of those agents.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Under direction, research assistant will carry out standard laboratory protocols (for example, mouse behavioral assays, human neuronal cell cultures, histology, and standard molecular and cell biological techniques), collect and record experimental data, analyze results, and perform general laboratory support tasks.

Research assistant is also expected to attend and actively participate in laboratory and research team meetings

Basic Qualifications

College background in Biology, Chemistry, or other science-related field and one year directly related experience that includes tissue culture or mouse work in a research setting.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

BA/BS preferred.

Demonstrated abilities in basic laboratory techniques (cell culture, cell biology, histology, handling/breeding mice) helpful, but not required. Experience with mouse disease models is highly desirable. Must be familiar with the operation of standard lab equipment and with lab safety and biosafety procedures. Ability to work independently, proficiency with web-based applications, databases and excellent organizational, and time management skills are essential for this role. Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to work in a collaborative team environment are required.

Physical Requirements

May be required to lift, move and transport related laboratory equipment.

Working Conditions

Required to work with a variety of hazardous materials under approved safety protocols. May be required to work with and handle animals.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/ .

Additional Information

This is a two- year grant funded term position with the possibility of extension based on availability of continued funding and satisfactory performance.

Some weekend flexibility may be required.

The Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and the FAS are committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace. We encourage our community members to participate in our FAS Diversity Dialogues.


USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

403108 Research Assistant I Lab


Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology


55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Pre-Employment Screening



35 hours per week. Weekend flexibility may be required.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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