Research Assistant I

Job-Specific Responsibilities

We are seeking a Research Assistant I Lab (RA) who is enthusiastic and excited about the work we do in our lab, and who wants to make a strong scientific contribution to our research. The RA will have the opportunity to perform multiple techniques both in-vivo and in primary cellular models.

Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Generating and maintaining several strains of mice and appropriately matched controls

  • Performing mouse metabolic physiology experiments, including processing mouse blood and tissue samples for protein and RNA analysis

  • Analyzing animal models including highly-sophisticated experimentation, reconstitution, primary cell preparations, biochemical and molecular analysis and physiological phenotype analysis

  • Maintaining cell cultures and performing cell culture experiments

  • Assisting lab members with experiments

  • Analyzing, interpreting, and reporting data

  • Participating in and intellectually contributing to lab meetings, journal clubs, and data discussions

  • Performing other duties as assigned


PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of two years from date of hire, with the possibility of an extension.

PLEASE NOTE: The finalist for this position will be required to pass an occupational health screening. There may also be times when, due to technical aspects of an experiment, the RA will be required to work outside of normal working hours (such as on evenings, weekends, and holidays).

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, or MD. 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 slightly modified manner – including both virtual and in-person interviews and a combination of remote and on-site onboarding and work. Full on-campus/in-person work is also expected upon start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.

Basic Qualifications

  • 1+ year of relevant experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered

  • Experience in basic molecular and cellular biology techniques required

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in biological sciences

  • Demonstrated passion for science, and interest in joining a diverse laboratory community

  • High level of initiative and motivation

  • Experience and comfortability with working independently and with a team

  • Excellent communication, organization, time management, and record-keeping skills

  • Strong organizational skills and experience in handling sensitive and confidential information

  • Experience in performing animal studies


The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based differences within group environments

  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

Working Conditions

  • Handling live mice

  • Performing mouse surgeries and blood draws

  • Lifting 25 pounds


Additional Information

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.

  • Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities 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!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 90-day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.


The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage.


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USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

403108 Research Assistant I Lab




Molecular Metabolism

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