Research Assistant II
Harvard University for Harvard Medical School
United States

Duties & Responsibilities

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks an energetic, enthusiastic, and multi-talented individual to work as a Research Assistant II. The employee will construct expression plasmids, perform transient transfections into mammalian cells, perform immunofluorescence staining, store data, and perform preliminary data analysis. The employee will also maintain an organized collection of plasmids, mammalian cell lines, and data collection protocols suitable for transfer to others including outside agencies. The employee will present data at group meetings, assist in writing papers and monthly reports to funding agencies. The employee will attend in seminar series within the Wyss Institute and HMS and take part in the scientific and intellectual life of the lab, the Wyss Institute, and Harvard Medical School.

The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances and launching startup companies. For more information, visit:

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 contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings 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 graduate 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.

Basic Qualifications

College background in biology, cell biology, molecular biology, or related degree is required with at least 1 year of experience with plasmid construction, growth of microbes, and familiarity with DNA viewing software and fundamentals of protein expression. Education may count toward years of experience.

Additional Qualifications

Bachelor’ degree preferred in biology, cell biology, molecular biology or related degree preferred. Strong presentation and communication skills, including slide presentations and written reports, preferred.

Additional Information
This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal.

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