Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Location: USA - MA - Boston
Internal Number: 62387BR
The detail-oriented Research Assistant is within Wendy Garrett's, M.D. Ph.D., laboratory and focuses primarily on tasks in a mouse facility. While no mouse experience is required, any applicant must be willing to work with mice. Dr. Garrett studies host-microbiota interactions with a focus on the gastrointestinal immune system and the gut microbiota, and their roles in health, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colorectal cancer, and infectious disease progression. Hopefully, this work will lay the foundation for a new generation of treatments that are more precisely targeted to the root causes of disease.
Responsibilities of the Research Assistant include, but are not limited to, the following:
Mouse genotyping (DNA isolation, PCR, qPCR, and gel electrophoresis)
Mouse sample collection and gnotobiotic mouse model experiments
Reporting collected data from census to genotyping to experiments
Protocol writing, experiment design and technical support
Other duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of June 30, 2024 with the possibility of extension. This position is primarily on-campus and this position will be based in Boston, MA. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process.
PLEASE NOTE: The finalist for this position will be required to pass an occupational health screen.
1+ years of relevant experience required; combination of education and experience will be considered.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
Experience working with mice, mouse husbandry (tagging, tailing, weaning), and mouse colony management
Experience with Microsoft Excel/Word and related Google software
Exposure to molecular biology previously including pipetting and agarose gel electrophoresis
Willingness to work with mice and learn and carry out mouse colony management with support from other lab members
Outstanding organization skills; strong attention to detail; excellent interpersonal skills; and excellent written and oral communication skills
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
Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals
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.
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Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
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.
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About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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