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  • Assistant Professor in Cell Biology position at Boston Children's Hospital (tenure-track)

    The Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM) at Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with the Department of Cell Biology at the Blavatnik Institute of Harvard Medical School invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We welcome applicants with a PhD and/or MD or equivalent degree and a record of outstanding research productivity.

    PCCM offers a vibrant research community, with many opportunities for interactions within the broader Harvard and Longwood Medical Area community. Successful candidates will direct independent research programs at PCMM and participate in our teaching mission. This appointment provides a highly competitive start-up package and access to cutting-edge facilities.

    PCCM is seeking innovative scientists with expertise and interests to complement and enhance our broad efforts in cell biology, cancer, immunology, inflammation, infectious diseases, and vascular biology. We welcome individuals who bring complementary approaches from other disciplines including bioengineering, computational and structural biology, and physical sciences.

    To apply please provide a cover letter addressed to Prof. Tom Kirchhausen, Chair, Search Committee, together with curriculum vitae, reprints of key publications, three reference letters, and a two-page statement of research interests including previous contributions and future research plans to:

    Tom Kirchhausen, Chair, PCMM-CB Search Committee
    PCMM-recruitment@childrens.harvard.edu

    We are currently accepting applications through September 2021. Applications may not be reviewed if incomplete.

    For questions or support with submitting your application, please contact:

    Dr. James Falvo
    Scientific Administrative Director/Research Operations Manager
    Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
    Boston Children’s Hospital
    PCMM-recruitment@childrens.harvard.edu

    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.

  • Lab Manager - Bernstein Lab

    Overview

    The Bernstein Lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute seeks a motivated individual to join the team as a Lab Manager. Our lab investigates gene regulation and chromatin structure, with the goal to understand how these processes go awry in cancer. The successful candidate will work closely with, and support, the PI in managing overall lab operations. This includes equipment planning and maintenance, space allocation, training of lab members, and ensuring lab members have everything needed for their research. In addition, the individual will work closely with the PI and senior staff to support projects and collaborations. A key function is the continuous development of the lab’s a state-of-the-art environment for cutting edge research, including sequencing technologies, single-cell assays, screening and tumor models.

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

     

    Requirements

    • Manage and organize lab operations, including:
      • Support daily lab operations by ensuring lab staff have the reagents and consumables needed for research projects.
      • Coordinate equipment planning, procurement, maintenance and repair.
      • Work with purchasing and DFCI staff to purchase lab reagents. Maintain a lab ordering system and coordinate with lab staff.
      • Space planning and assignment.
      • Keep track of general lab practices and protocols, resolve issues and implement process improvements.
      • Safety compliance
      • Manage the onboarding, training and offboarding of employees in the group.
    • Support the preparation of annual reports to funding agencies, foundations, and institutions.

     

    Qualifications

    Experience:

    • Bachelors Required, MS, or PhD in biomedical sciences, engineering or related field.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • 3+ year experience in a lab technician, lab operations or lab management role.
    • Excellent decision-making and collaboration skills with proven relationship building skills.
    • Attention to detail, a practical mindset and ability to multitask.
    • Ability to lead/influence others.
    • Experience with maintaining lab equipment.
    • Background in research related to the general interests (gene regulation, chromatin, cancer biology) of the lab is a plus.

    Click here for job posting and to apply.

  • Research Assistant I Lab - Brugge Lab

    Research Assistant I Lab

    Harvard Medical School

    53949BR

    Job-Specific Responsibilities

    The Brugge lab has a long-standing interest in studying breast cancer using innovative techniques, with the ultimate goal to help improve treatment strategies for patients. We are looking for a highly motivated research assistant to join our team. As a research assistant, you will be working on projects that investigate the mechanisms of breast cancer initiation and progression using advanced mouse models and organoid culture systems, under direct supervision and mentorship of a senior postdoctoral fellow. Former technicians in the lab have successfully moved on to MD and/or Ph.D. programs as well as industry positions.

    Responsibilities will be:

    • Flow cytometry and FACS cell sorting
    • Mouse husbandry, genotyping, tumorigenesis experiments, dissection
    • Cell and organoid cultures derived from mouse models and human samples
    • Cell and tissue immunostaining, microscopy, image analysis
    • Molecular biology, e.g. plasmid cloning, gene expression and knockdown, qRT-PCR, western blots
    • Maintaining accurate and detailed record of experimental results

    Basic Qualifications

    College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline (at least one year related work experience - relevant course work may count towards experience).

    Additional Qualifications and Skills

    • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field preferred.  Minimum 1-year experience in a research laboratory setting strongly preferred.
    • Willing to make a two-year commitment dependent on renewal of position after 1-year term.
    • Experience in one or more of the following is preferred: mouse handling, cell culture, microscopy. -Highly motivated, good work ethic, and able to work independently and as a team.
    • Follow protocols with attention to detail.
    • Produce accurate and high-quality work.
    • Think creatively to solve problems.
    • Excellent skills in communication, organization, and time management.

    Additional Information

    This is a one-year term position with strong potential for renewal.

    Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.

    We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

    Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

    • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
    • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
    • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
    • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
    • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
    • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
    • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

    The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

    Job Function: Research

    Location: USA - MA - Boston

    Job Code: 403108 Research Assistant I Lab

    Sub-Unit

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    Department: Cell Biology

    Time Status: Full-time

    Salary Grade: 052

    Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

    Pre-Employment Screening: Criminal, Identity

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

    EEO Statement: 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.

  • Research Assistant I Lab - Liberles Lab

    Research Assistant I Lab

    Harvard Medical School

    53930BR

    Job-Specific Responsibilities

    The Liberles Lab at Harvard Medical School seeks a motivated assistant to support research efforts in sensory neuroscience. The lab's focus is on understanding the vagus nerve - a major communication axis between the brain and body that helps monitor the physiological state of internal organs. Through genetic and molecular approaches, they investigate how the vagus nerve regulate vitals functions like breathing, heart rate and digestion. The successful candidate will assist directly with research on the vagus nerve and airway physiology in mice, and will perform experiments with oversight from a postdoctoral fellow. Further information about the lab can be found on their website: https://liberles.hms.harvard.edu/.

    Duties include:

    - Work efficiently and cooperatively to assist postdoc with experiments.
    -Collect, process, log and communicate experimental results related to the project using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or business communication applications.
    -Assist with other support duties relating to the project, including cleaning equipment, preparing buffers or ordering supplies.
    -Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area.
    -Under direction, perform laboratory experiments related to sensory neuroscience, including optogenetics, neuronal mapping, imaging, behavioral analysis, mouse colony maintenance, histochemistry, and measurements of autonomic physiology.

    Basic Qualifications

    College background with coursework and laboratory experience in the biological sciences or related disciplines.

    Additional Qualifications and Skills

    Strong analytical, communication and organizational skills are required. At least one year of experience working in a research lab is expected, preferably in the fields of neuroscience, molecular biology, cellular biology, biochemistry or genetics. Prior experience handling mice is also preferred.

    Additional Information

    This is a one-year term position from date of hire, with possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position. 

    Offer contingent upon successful completion of pre-placement medical evaluation.

    We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

    Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

    • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
    • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
    • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
    • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
    • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
    • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
    • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

    The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
     

    Job Function: Research

    Location: USA - MA - Boston

    Job Code: 403108

    Research Assistant I Lab

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    Department: Cell Biology

    Time Status: Full-time

    Salary Grade: 052

    Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

    Pre-Employment Screening: Criminal, Identity

    Schedule: 35 hours/week | Monday-Friday | 9:00am to 5:00pm

    EEO Statement: 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.

  • Laboratory Technician - Danial Lab

    A technician position is available in the laboratory of Nika Danial, PhD, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School.

    This position will assist scientists in performing scientific research of varying complexity. Duties include basic molecular biology and cell biology techniques and working with laboratory mice. Basic procedures include but are not limited to pipetting; cell and tissue culture, handling of small laboratory animals, etc. There will be continuous learning opportunities and the position will be a good stepping stone for those interested in biomedical research.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assisting postdocs and students with cell based assays, which will involve maintenance of cell lines, isolation of primary cells from mouse tissue, and flow cytometry.
    • Assisting with biochemical techniques such as protein purification and quantification, enzyme assays and metabolite measurements.
    • Assisting with molecular biology techniques such as plasmid purification and bacterial transformation.
    • Maintenance of Danial Lab animal (laboratory mouse) colony, including weaning, tail biopsies, DNA preparation and genotyping by PCR.
    • Maintenance of Danial lab animal protocols.
    • Placing orders for the purchase of lab consumables.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with scientific specialty is required.  
    • Must be willing to work with laboratory mice.
    • Previous experience working in a medical or scientific research setting is preferred. 
    • Must be self-motivated and an independent worker with excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
    • At least two years of commitment is required.

    Please email CV to nika_danial@dfci.harvard.edu

  • Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Fellow

    The Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School is seeking a Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Fellow. The postdoctoral fellow will work with a team of scientists who study the role of metabolism in cancer, obesity, aging, and immune function. 

    The job responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

    • Leading the development and optimization of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry methods to identify small molecule metabolites
    • Work with lab members and collaborators to help design effective experiments, assist with metabolite extractions, analyze samples, and interpret and communicate results 
    • Monitor instrument performance and diagnose performance issues, and store associated data
    • Maintain mass spectrometry instrumentation and the associated analytical software 
    • Implement new methods and approaches within our analytical pipeline as necessary

    Job requirements:

    • PhD in Analytical Chemistry or related fields 
    • Direct hands-on experience with sample preparation and analysis to detect small molecule metabolites from complex biological matrices 
    • Experience with chromatography and MS method development, strong familiarity and aptitude with LC and MS instrumentation, and experience in mass spectrometry data analysis and software 
    • Knowledge of bioanalytical principles, separation science, mass spectrometry and small molecule characterization
    • Strong computer skills and experience with software-driven metabolite profiling (Thermo Scientific TraceFinder, Compound Discoverer, Agilent MassHunter)
    • Candidate must be highly organized with excellent time management skills, the ability to multi-task, effectively manage changing priorities and remain calm under pressure
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to liaise with internal and external MS users in a collaborative, international multi-disciplinary team environment
    • Highly detail oriented with a critical eye for optimizing workflows 

    If you are interested in this exciting career opportunity to work with the vibrant community of Cell Biologists at Harvard Medical School, please email a cover letter and CV including the names and contact information for three references to Marcia_Haigis@hms.harvard.edu and Shakchhi_Joshi@hms.harvard.edu.

     EEO Statement

    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.