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Harvard University Research Assistant I in Cambridge, Massachusetts

65569BRAuto req ID:65569BRJob Code:403108 Research Assistant I Lab Department Office Location:USA - MA - Jamaica Plain Business Title:Research Assistant ISub-Unit:Sciences Salary Grade ( :052Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

Some college background in life sciences required. 1 year of experience in a lab setting with experience in basic laboratory techniques (course work may count toward experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

Successful candidates will have strong organizational and communication skills, and work well independently and in a team, and have experience growing or working with plants. We seek individuals excited to work with plants and with a desire to learn more molecular skills including cloning, plasmid design, and transgenics. Undergraduate coursework in evolution, genetics, and/or plant biology is preferred. Exposure to applicable computer technologies, including statistical methods preferred. We encourage candidates who are self-motivated and detail-oriented, with excellent interpersonal skills.

Additional Information:

In order to be considered for this position, a cover letter and resume must be submitted.

This is a one-year term position with the possibility of extension. We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

*All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Department:Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB)Pre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule:Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PMJob Function:Research Position Description:This position will involve assisting senior researchers with a variety of laboratory tasks including:

  • Extraction of DNA and RNA.

  • Next-generation and third-generation sequencing library preparation.

  • PCR and gel electrophoresis.

  • Cloning, subcloning, and cell culturing.

  • Preparation of stocks, buffers, and media with sterile technique.

  • Organizing and summarizing data, in collaboration with team.

  • Working collaboratively with senior scientists on design, planning, and optimization of experiments.

  • Plant care and propagation.

  • Plant measurements and trait quantification.

School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences 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:

The Hopkins Lab within the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University seeks a Research Assistant I to assist with molecular biology and evolutionary genetics research. Our lab investigates the fundamental evolutionary forces driving adaptation and speciation. We utilize a variety of population genetic, molecular evolution, and genomic techniques to study selection, gene flow, and adaptive mutations in plants. We also do extensive experimental work with plants grown in the greenhouse and field settings. Much of our work focuses on characterizing the mechanisms of selection and the genetic basis of trait variation involved in speciation and adaptation.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.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 Work 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.About Us:OEB is a diverse and vibrant department with a broad range of research and teaching interests, ranging from the evolution and control of gene expression patterns within individuals and populations to the dynamics of ecosystems. Field and laboratory studies are key to understanding the evolution of organisms, how biodiversity is generated and maintained, how organisms work, and how organisms interact with their environment. OEB has close working associations with its allied institutions: the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) and the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH), as well as the Arnold Arboretum and the Harvard Forest. These institutions and their collections offer an unparalleled, rich set of resources for OEB students, faculty, visitors and staff.