Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks an enthusiastic and full time Research Assistant III who will use primary human hematopoietic cell cultures in microfluidic devices to study bone marrow dysfunction.
A significant cause of patient morbidity and mortality, bone marrow dysfunction is an important clinical problem in need of physiologically relevant in vitro models. In the Ingber lab at the Wyss Institute, we have recently developed a human bone marrow-on-a chip that mimics how the human hematopoietic system responds to toxic injury and genetic mutation. The role of the RA III will be to join ongoing efforts to use this platform to better understand how drugs, radiation, and biologic sex affect bone marrow function.
The candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary and team-oriented environment with significant opportunities to learn new skills and gain scientific independence. Under minimal supervision from senior staff, the candidate will help design, execute, and analyze the results of experiments that further the goals of the general project. They will also participate in presentations and publications arising from the group's work. The technical aspects of our research are largely based on culturing patient-derived bone marrow cells in static and microfluidic systems with subsequent analysis by multicolor flow cytometry. Other techniques include electroporation, RNA/DNA isolation with PCR, and confocal microscopy. This candidate will contribute to both small and large team efforts and need effective communication skills, as well as scientific curiosity.
This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal.
The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances and launching startup companies. For more information, visit: http://wyss.harvard.edu/.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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 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 tuition assistance program, $40 per class 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 complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering with at least two years of lab experience. Advanced Education may count towards years of experience.
Cell culture and flow cytometry experience preferred.
Advanced degree in science/engineering preferred. The candidate should be highly motivated, have a strong work ethic and ability to take initiative.
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: 52155BR
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