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Research Assistant III Lab
Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted 04/16/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job Summary

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.

Position Description

As part of the Corbett laboratory, the successful candidate will support our research focusing on the viral immunology of coronaviruses and other viruses with pandemic potential. The Research Assistant will help in small animal experimentation, development of immunoassays, and testing of preclinical and clinical samples with the ultimate goal of informing vaccine and therapeutic antibody development.

Learn more about Dr. Corbetts's lab and research: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/profile/kizzmekia-s-corbett/
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oversees small animal maintenance and experimentation
  • Conducts sterile tissue culture maintenance and experimentation
  • Develops and performs immunoassays, including but not limited to: ELISA and functional antibody analyses
  • Conducts basic flow cytometry and/or image cytometry.
  • Collaborates with other lab members on setting up protocols and experimental design
  • Conducts routine molecular biology work, including but not limited to: DNA plasmid construction, polymerase chain reactions (PCR), and protein analyses.
  • Trains other labs members in lab techniques and procedures
  • Records, processes and analyzes experimental data
  • Performs other laboratory duties as assigned, including laboratory managerial duties. Such as: maintaining/purchasing equipment/supplies and working with vendors
  • Other duties as assigned
The candidate is required to interact with a large variety of staff and researchers including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and senior scientists, as needed for each responsibility

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of 6/30/2023 with the possibility of extension.  

PLEASE NOTE: Scheduling flexibility will be required, with some evening and weekend work as necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: The finalist for this position will be required to pass an occupational health screen.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, or MD. 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 slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.

Basic Qualifications

  • 3+ years of relevant experience required; a combination of education and experience may be required

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or related field
  • Laboratory managerial skills
  • Previous experience with small animal models
  • Previous experience in BSL2+ and BSL3 is a plus
  • Previous experience in the fields of virology and/or immunology  
  • Experience with GraphPad Prism or other suitable data analytics software
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, ability to work collegially in small or large groups

The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

Additional Information

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
  • Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities 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!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.

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 .


USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

403116 Research Assistant III Lab


Immunology and Infectious Diseases


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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School’s mission, objectives, and core values and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

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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