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Harvard University RAIII - Human Cerebral Organoi in Cambridge, Massachusetts

64825BRAuto req ID:64825BRJob Code:403116 Research Assistant III Lab Department Office Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant III - Human Cerebral OrganoidsSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :054Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

What you'll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, biological/biomedical engineering, pharmacology or related field.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a lab environment. Education may count towards years of experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

Desirable Skills:

  • Tissue culture experience, particularly with induced pluripotent stem cells, is required.

  • Tissue modeling of human disease is a plus.

  • Experience performing immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy and ImageJ, is a plus.

  • Experience performing FACS and proteomics, is a plus.

  • Experience with Matlab is a plus.

Additional Information:

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

Harvard is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Why you’ll like working with us:

At the Wyss Institute, you’re a member of a supportive, dynamic community that is united by its shared goal of changing the world through groundbreaking technology development and commercialization. We encourage your professional growth and development through mentorship and tuition reimbursement to support continued learning, and more. We also support your physical, financial, and mental well-being through generous time off benefits, gym reimbursements, and other programs offered through Harvard. Our community will be relocating to a new, state of the art life sciences building in the lively Fenway neighborhood in late summer 2023, where you will have access to multiple amenities including a roof terrace with stunning views of Boston and proximity to numerous restaurants and cultural attractions. We value an inclusive and diverse workforce, and believe that our differences enrich the work environment for all.

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Department:Wyss InstitutePre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pmJob Function:Research Position Description:

What you’ll do:

  • Culture induced pluripotent stem cells, as well as generate and maintain various 2D and 3D cell cultures

  • Independently with guidance from senior staff, conduct FACS (fluorescence activated cell sorting), multi-electrode array-based assays, molecular assays, sample preparation for proteomics and transcriptomics sequencing and microscopy imaging.

  • Assist senior staff with implementing and applying several novel model systems, including engineered human iPSC-derived brain organoids to screen drugs predicted using machine learning for efficacy in bipolar disorder models.

  • Contribute to the design, execution, and analysis of experiments in collaboration with bioinformatics and engineering teams in a fast-paced, team-focused environment.

  • Contribute to internal reports, patent applications, presentations, and publications under the guidance of senior staff.

  • Assist with the maintenance and procurement of equipment and supplies relating to tissue culture, microscopy, sequencing, and experimentation.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

School/Unit:Wyss Institute at Harvard University EEO Statement: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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions:

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Job Summary:

About us:

The Wyss Institute’s mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. We harness the imagination of academia and the focus of industry to translate ground-breaking technologies into commercial products that solve big problems. We support research that universities, companies, and venture capital firms don’t fund because they view it as too risky. We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges.

About you:

You are a collaborative, impact-focused problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. You want the opportunity to explore your scientific interests and apply your knowledge to tackle ambitious projects in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial-minded environment with resources and support from top-notch scientific, operations, and administrative professionals. You enjoy working with highly motivated, diverse teams and leveraging your expertise to create innovations that can change the world.

About the role:

We are seeking a talented, creative, and enthusiastic individual to join our community as a Research Assistant III. Reporting to the Senior Scientist, you will contribute to the discovery of novel classes of therapeutics using human cerebral organoids. You will work within a highly collaborative team of academic and industrial engineers, biologists, and bioinformaticians focused on therapeutics discovery and development, supporting the discovery of therapeutics for neurological disorders, in particular bipolar disorder. This position offers an exciting opportunity to learn a broad spectrum of skills while pursuing challenging biological questions with clear commercialization potential.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

As a collaborative organization, we at the Wyss Institute know that great innovation happens when diverse perspectives come together to solve problems. As a result, we are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness both in and out of the lab. When recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you will bring in terms of education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, disability, and sexual orientation. We believe these differences in background, experience, and perspective enrich our work environment and are essential to our mission of solving complex problems through technology development and translation.

Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with 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 program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:On-Site LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-EC1Work Format Details:This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.