The research activities in the Department of Molecular Metabolism and its pre and postdoctoral training programs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health concentrate on the molecular, cellular, and organismic adaptations and responses to nutrients, toxins, and radiation stress and explore the genetic basis controlling the heterogeneity of these interactions in experimental systems. The integrated interdisciplinary opportunities also aim to apply this knowledge to human populations to understand, prevent, and treat complex human diseases.
The Research Assistant (RA) will serve as a member of the research analytical platform at the Harvard Chan School to provide mass-spectrometry support for projects investigating the cell biology of lipid metabolism. Specifically, under the general supervision of the Technical Director, the RA will perform a variety of basic and general laboratory research and clerical tasks in the maintenance of the analytics platform in the Farese and Walther lab. Learn more about and lab and their research activities here: https://faresewaltherlab.hms.harvard.edu/
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Perform mass spectrometry-based experiments utilizing specific and pre-established techniques
Oversee maintenance of critical instruments and reagents, including: mass spectrometer, UHPLC systems, gas supplies, and related instrumentation
Oversee ordering of reagents and consumables, primarily for mass spectrometry experiments
Perform routine logging and testing of mass spectrometry samples
Under direction, process, organize and keep detailed records of collected data using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or software platforms
Work with and under the guidelines of Harvard University policy and occupational health and safety offices to monitor research areas
Other duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of two years from date of hire, with the possibility for extension.
PLEASE NOTE: Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a modified manner – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and a combination of remote and on-site (on campus in Boston) lab work. During this time, the shifts are also likely to be irregular (potentially including weekends and off-hours) and may therefore require schedule flexibility.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review (O&R) period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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, $40 per class 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 complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts 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
Salary Grade: 052
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
1+ years of related experience is required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience in biochemistry, chemistry, biology and/or biotechnology strongly preferred
Experience working independently and with a team preferred
Excellent communication, organization, time management, and record-keeping skills preferred
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.
Internal Number: 52915BR
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.