Research Assistant I Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7087307

Posted: October 18, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

This project aims to study the role of MS4A receptors in the social transmission of food preferences. MS4A receptors are expressed in a population of “necklace” olfactory neurons known to promote the social transmission of food preferences (STFP). Our goal is to test whether MS4A receptors contribute to this form of learning, by assessing whether preferences form following exposure to MS4A ligands. Responsibilities: Carry out experiments and research according to protocols given by lab members. Find and test relevant protocols from primary literature. Analyze data and present results with statistical analyses at lab meetings and during one-on-one meetings with the PI. Write reports/summaries of results and implications in an electronic notebook available to the PI. Read primary literature. Maintain laboratory equipment and inventory. This is an entry-level, research assistant position that will require oversight from lab members, or have direct supervision from the PI. Skills and Qualifications: Analytical and problem-solving skills for troubleshooting experiments. Time management and organizational skills. Collaboration skills to work alongside others in the lab. Technical skills to set up equipment and use laboratory instruments.

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor’s degree preferred; previous laboratory experience 6 months to 1 year preferred. Analytical and problem-solving skills. Good time management skills. Excellent organization skills to record experiments/work/results in lab notebook Collaboration skills to work with other people in the lab. Technical skills to set up equipment and use laboratory instruments. Experience in some of these experimental procedures is expected and preferred but not required. Previous experience with animal work. Previous experience with chemicals and handling of hazardous materials (like paraformaldehyde).

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

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

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

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

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

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.

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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