The Museum of Comparative Zoology aims to be an inclusive environment that welcomes colleagues of all backgrounds to work in a respectful and collegial environment. The Manager of Genetic Resources will interact with staff and researchers across the MCZ, students, and the public, and we seek candidates who value all these interactions.
Reports to the MCZ's Director, Collections Operations. Supervises the organization and storage of genetic resources within the MCZ Cryogenic Collection, which includes storage of samples in liquid nitrogen; manages the incorporation and management of data associated with genetic resources (e.g., tissues, DNA/RNA samples) into MCZ-wide collection database; develop and manage standard collection-management record keeping and other administrative functions required for collecting, accessioning, and loan activities to comply with relevant laws and regulations; strategic direction and development of protocols and procedures for genetic and genomic analysis, including DNA barcoding (i.e., isolation of DNA, PCR, Sanger sequencing), whole genome sequencing, and/or next-generation sequencing (NGS) of MCZ genetic resources, as well as QC of the results, data analysis, and instrument maintenance; and responsible for compliance with all environmental, health and safety requirements, including training and documentation of facilities. The Manager of Genetic Resources will supervise and manage curatorial/technical staff associated with the Cryogenic Collection and genetic and genomic work associated with MCZ samples; may assist in preparation of grant proposals for collection or facilities improvement.
A resume and cover letter must be submitted in order to be considered for this position.
Harvard will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
***All formal written offers will be made by FAS HR.
With rich collections comprised of more than 21 million extant and fossil invertebrate and vertebrate specimens, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has been a center for research and education focused on advancing evolutionary biology and biodiversity science since its founding in 1859.
FAS is 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.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree required in biology and/or natural history museum studies. At least 7 years of curatorial experience in natural history museums, and genetic resource collection with liquid nitrogen cryogenic storage systems. Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience.
Ph.D. preferred in biological sciences with emphasis in evolutionary genetics or genomics. Must have practical understanding of molecular biology techniques (e.g., DNA extraction, sequencing); and associated collection protocol (including loan procedures, tissue sampling, etc.); experience in laboratory/facility management; experience in relevant occupational health and safety issues; demonstrated writing, verbal and organizational skills, including presentation. Previous laboratory and facilities management experience; excellent computer skills, including database management; excellent interpersonal and communication skills required; ability to work both independently and in a busy team environment; ability to coordinate tasks with multiple constituencies.
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.
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