Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Trible Lab at Harvard University is currently accepting applications to hire a Research Assistant IV. Research in the lab focuses on the evolution and development of morphological castes in ants, such as workers and queens. We are seeking a candidate who will bring molecular biology and development expertise to this new lab, and who will spearhead lab setup and management including obtaining equipment and reagents. Under minimal direction, the candidate will independently perform a range of research approaches to study the development and molecular biology of ants, make judgements concerning future experiments, and report results to the supervisor or other laboratory personnel.
Assists in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols involved in developmental biology and genetics, particularly in-situ hybridization and imaging. May instruct and supervise other staff and students in basic laboratory techniques including standard molecular biology techniques, developmental techniques, and animal care.
Manages tasks for laboratory setup and maintenance, including ordering and receiving, managing reagent stocks, and identifying and purchasing equipment.
Develops necessary skills for maintenance and research using numerous laboratory stocks of live ants, particularly of Ooceraea biroi and Leptothorax spp. Requires fine motor control and attention to detail for tasks such as embryo microinjections and dissections and staining of larvae.
Processes, organizes, and summarizes data using scientific, word processing, statistical software applications, and the Adobe creative package. Discusses results in detail with the supervisor and other laboratory personnel, including in lab meetings, to iteratively design and update experimental plans.
The John Harvard Fellows Program and the surrounding community at Harvard provides a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment with close links to the top academic and industrial institutions across the Boston area and provides the potential for your contributions to be used and recognized worldwide.
We are committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.
This is a two-year term appointment with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.
We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to be a part of our community. We regret that Harvard does not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
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.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
An undergraduate degree in molecular biology or evolutionary biology, or equivalent of education plus relevant work experience.
Post-baccalaureate work experience with at least two of the following: developmental biology, molecular biology, or advance microscopy. At least two years total of relevant experience (may include time in a graduate program). Experience with basic molecular biology protocols, such as PCR, in-situ hybridization, Gibson assembly.
Strong preference will be given to candidates with a masters degree in molecular or developmental biology, or related disciplines.
Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience or willingness to engage in lab setup and maintenance.
Abilities in laboratory techniques, fine manipulations of live tissues, and relevant software applications must be demonstrated or attested by prior supervisors.
Exposure to embryo injections, transgenesis, or CRISPR Cas9 protocols is preferred.
Exposure to confocal microscopy and experience working in ImageJ, Photoshop, or Illustrator preferred.
Must be able to work independently but also work in close collaboration with other members of the lab.
Must be detailed oriented.
May be required to lift lab equipment up to 50 lbs.
Must be willing and able to work with adult and developing insects.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53577BR
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