Research Core Scientist

Research Core Scientist

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 2/7/2024
Laboratory and Research
Full Time


Research Core Scientist

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Position Description

The Bauer Core Facility (Harvard University's FAS Division of Science) seeks a Research Core Scientist to support members of the Harvard community in the use of flow cytometry technologies to advance their research goals.

The Bauer Core Facility provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise to scientists at Harvard. Our goal is to advance research efforts in the life sciences by helping researchers bridge the gap between science and technology so they can optimize the use of the technology in their research.

Our Core Scientists consult with researchers to help them choose the best technologies for their projects and design careful experiments. We provide hands-on training and support to enable researchers to use our instruments independently and run core instruments as a service.

This opportunity will allow one to contribute to cutting-edge research while honing skills on a wide variety of instruments. Learn more about our facility and our team here: https://bauercore.fas.harvard.edu/.

  • Executes a range of complex scientific research activities in a core facility with a primary focus on flow cytometry.
  • Consults on experimental design, sample preparation, and analyses of flow cytometry projects.
  • Trains researchers on core instrumentation and protocols.
  • Performs sorts as a service for researchers.
  • Performs instrument maintenance and QC.
  • Interacts daily with users of the core facility. These users are technicians, undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members from departments across the FAS, other Harvard schools (HMS, SEAS, HSPH, HSDM), as well as researchers from outside Harvard, mainly those from other area academic institutions, biotech, and pharma.
  • Works closely as part of the core staff team to ensure projects move smoothly through multiple steps and that all information is handed off properly to the next staff member involved in a project.
  • Partners with Research Computing and Informatics team members to help coordinate project submissions, resource reservations, software access, data analysis, and data storage.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or engineering discipline and at least two years of relevant work experience; OR
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, intermediate Excel skills
  • Excellent communication skills in the English language, both written and oral
  • Ability to perform highly complex experiments with high levels of reliability and accuracy within time constraints
  • Must possess excellent problem-solving skills
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in a molecular biology or similar lab conducting flow cytometry experiments. Post-secondary education in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering or similar can be applied toward experience requirements.
  • Experience with flow cytometry and cell sorting.
  • Demonstrated analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service including patience with new researchers and ability to communicate complex, technical material verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently, be self-motivated, and have a willingness to learn and implement new techniques.

Physical Requirements

  • Lifting (up to approximately 50 pounds), bending, and other physical exertion including repetitive motions
  • Standing and/or sitting for extended periods

Working Conditions

  • May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, primary tissue, cell lines or infectious materials
  • May work in a research environment where animals are present
  • May be exposed to toxic, radioactive, or carcinogenic materials including compressed gases, acids, solvents, vacuum pump oils, and other chemicals

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position.

We regret that Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this position.

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

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 - Cambridge

Job Code

R1057P Research Core Scientist III

Work Format




Salary Grade



Science Division: Bauer Core


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity


35 hours per week

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