Research Assistant II - Lab

Research Assistant II - Lab

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 3/8/2024
Laboratory and Research
Full Time


Research Assistant II - Lab

Harvard Medical School


Position Description

The Silver Lab in the Systems Biology Department at Harvard Medical School seeks an energetic, enthusiastic, and multi-talented individual to work as a Research Assistant II. This position will explore using proteins as therapeutics and protectants for cells. Research techniques that will be utilized to carry out this project include: designing expression plasmids for bacteria/yeast/mammalian cells; transforming mammalian cells, performing immunofluorescence staining and microscopy; performing flow cytometry; storing data; and performing data analysis. The position will also assist in maintaining an organized collection of plasmids, yeast/mammalian cell lines, and data collection protocols suitable for transfer to others including outside agencies. The employee should be able to conduct and analyze their research with guidance from their mentor.

The individual will participate in group meetings, and collaborate in writing papers and monthly reports to funding agencies. They will attend seminar series within HMS and take part in the scientific and intellectual life of the lab, Harvard Medical School, and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. Close collaboration with lab members and staff from both Systems Biology and the Wyss Institute is critical to these efforts.

Basic Qualifications

College background in the biological sciences or related discipline and 1-2+ years of experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate will have experience dealing with DNA plasmids/preparation/culturing in bacteria; protein purification from bacteria, pichia and/or mammalian cells and tissue culture growing cells and assays.

Additional Information

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

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.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

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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.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) 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.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

403112 Research Assistant II Lab

Work Format




Salary Grade



Systems Biology


55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening



​35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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