Research Assistant Position Open 

Additional information and application available online:      

A position is open for a Research Assistant in one of the leading labs studying the interactions between metabolic and immune responses, a rapidly growing field now recognized as “immunometabolism.” Our research focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma, with the goal of developing novel preventative and therapeutic treatments. (For recent reviews/papers see: Nature. 2017 Feb 8;542(7640):177-185, Science. 2015 Jul 31;349(6247):500-6, Cell Metab. 2015 Sep 1;22(3):381-97). We are looking for an enthusiastic Research Assistant, who is excited about the work we do in our lab and wants to create a valuable scientific contribution to our research and our field.


The Research Assistant will work on projects that mostly focus on the functional and structural reorganization of the liver’s endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria in the context of obesity and diabetes. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn advanced techniques in molecular biology, protein and RNA analysis, mammalian tissue culture, biochemical assays, and cutting-edge imaging techniques. S/he will follow up on experiments by organizing, processing and reporting data. The incumbent is expected to be fully engaged in the intellectual activities of the lab, and to actively participate in lab meetings and discussions.

More information on the laboratory can be found at gsh.sph.harvard.edu

Responsibilities of the Research Assistant include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining cell cultures and performing cell culture experiments

  • Processing mouse blood and tissue samples for protein and RNA analysis

  • Maintaining mouse colonies, including breeding and genotyping

  • Performing mouse metabolic physiology experiments

  • Quantification and analysis of large-scale imaging data

  • Analysis, interpretation, and reporting of data

  • Participation and intellectual contribution to lab meetings, journal clubs, data discussions, department seminars, and the Sabri Ülker Symposium

  • Other duties as assigned


PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date 2 years from the date of hire, with the possibility for extension.


PLEASE NOTE: The finalist for this position will be required to pass an occupational health screen.


Basic Qualifications

  • One year of work experience in cell or molecular biology (relevant course work may count towards experience).


Additional Qualifications

  • BS/MS in biological sciences preferred.

  • High level of initiative and motivation; ability to work independently and with a team. Excellent communication, organization, time management, and record-keeping skills. Must have demonstrated experience in handling sensitive and confidential information.

For more information about the Sabri Ülker Center and GCD, please visit: www.hsph.harvard.edu/gsh-lab/sabriulkercenter and www.hsph.harvard.edu/genetics-and-complex-diseases/ 

Additional information and application available online:      

For questions, contact: David Hastings, Senior Advisor at sabriulkercenter@hsph.harvard.edu or 617-432-9154