Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Location: USA - MA - Boston
Internal Number: 60436BR
The Sabri Ülker Center (Hotamışlıgil Laboratory) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is engaged in researching non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, which are responsible for over two-thirds of deaths worldwide. The risk of contracting these diseases is affected by genetic as well and lifestyle and environmental factors. The Center conducts pioneering research into the causes underlying these complex human disorders. Our studies aim to transform our understanding of wellness and disease, and will help us develop novel approaches to address the major challenges to global public health. We are organized as a single, collegial laboratory, with multiple projects. We are expanding our research capabilities in response to demand for our particular expertise.
We are seeking a Research Assistant I Lab (RA) who is enthusiastic and excited about the work we do in our lab, and who wants to make a strong scientific contribution to our research. The RA will have the opportunity to learn techniques in molecular biology, protein and RNA purification and analysis, mammalian tissue culture, biochemical assays, immunostaining and microscopy, under supervision and direction of other lab members, and will also follow up experiments by organizing, processing and reporting data.
Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Perform molecular biology experiments including PCR, Western blots, gel electrophoresis, enzyme immunoassays and spectrophotometry
Maintain cell cultures and perform cell culture experiments
Analyze, interpret, and report data
Participate and intellectually contribute to lab meetings, journal clubs, and data discussions
Maintain mouse colonies (including breeding and genotyping), perform mouse metabolic physiology experiments, and process mouse blood and tissue samples for protein and RNA analysis
Other duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of two years from date of hire, with the possibility of an extension.
PLEASE NOTE: The ideal and anticipated start date for this position is January 2023.
PLEASE NOTE: The finalist for this position will be required to pass an occupational health screen.
PLEASE NOTE: There may be times when, due to technical aspects of an experiment, the RA will be required to work outside of normal working hours (such as on evenings, weekends, and holidays).
PLEASE NOTE: This position is primarily on-campus and this position will be based in Boston, MA. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process.
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
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.