Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7127842 (Ref:hh-61655BR)

Posted: March 12, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description
The Walter Laboratory ( at Harvard Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Boston is seeking a highly motivated Research Technician to study genome maintenance and how defects in this process cause cancer and other human diseases. The laboratory uses a powerful biochemical system derived from frog eggs as a model to study mechanisms of DNA replication and DNA repair. We use molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and single-molecule imaging approaches. The Walter lab is a welcoming community where all members actively work together to understand how cells maintain their genomes in health and disease.

Under supervision from a post-doctoral fellow or graduate student, the Research Technician will pursue a project involving a wide range of techniques including setting up in-vitro biochemical reactions using frog egg extracts, electrophoresis, microscopy, Western blotting, and molecular cloning. In conducting their research, technicians will design, carry out, interpret, record, and present experiments.

Our technicians are encouraged to take intellectual ownership of their projects. They present at lab meetings and journal clubs, contribute to manuscripts, and sometimes attend scientific conferences.

~70% of the time will be dedicated to research, with the remaining time spent on activities that support the entire laboratory (see below). Working in the Walter laboratory is excellent preparation for graduate and medical school. Former technicians from the laboratory have been accepted to top Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. and M.D. programs.

Harvard Medical School and the surrounding hospitals bring together world-renowned scientists and clinicians in a community dedicated to understanding the marvels of human biology and conquering disease. With regular symposia, daily seminars, and several large graduate programs, Harvard Medical School allows young trainees to realize their career goals and reach their full potential as scientists.

  • Carry out a scientific project under the direction of a postdoctoral fellow or doctoral student.
  • Design, execute, interpret, record, and present experiments.
  • Use software applications to interpret and present data.
  • Read and interpret literature applicable to research areas.
  • Participate actively in the scope and direction of research projects.
  • Manage day-to-day activity and organization within the laboratory.
  • Order chemicals, reagents, and other laboratory supplies.
  • Renew and amend lab permits.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Maintain laboratory website.
  • Serve as laboratory safety and radiation safety representative.

Basic Qualifications
  • College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in Biochemistry, Molecular, Cell Biology, Chemistry, or a related discipline.
  • At least one year of related work experience (relevant coursework may count towards experience).
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor or Master of Science degree in an appropriate field such as Biochemistry, Molecular or Cell Biology, or Chemistry.
  • Some prior Molecular Biology experience (including coursework) is required.
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise.
  • Able to learn complex tasks with instruction.
  • Able to learn and perform a variety of new techniques.
Additional Information
This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position. 

Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.

This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.

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:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.

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Job posting number:#7127842 (Ref:hh-61655BR)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Harvard Medical School
United States
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