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Research Assistant II Lab
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted May 18, 2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

Working under the direction of the lab PI, and under supervision of a postdoctoral fellow, the research assistant will perform experimentation and data analysis to understand limb regeneration in axolotls.  The project is specifically focused on understanding the role of vascular regeneration in limb regeneration. 

Position Description

The RA will use a variety of molecular, genetic, and histological approaches to advance the research.  The RA will be directly involved with the generation and characterization of novel transgenic lines of axolotls.  They will also produce and use retroviruses for in vivo applications, including lineage tracing and in vivo, spatio-temporal gene modulation.  The RA will be required to maintain core cell lines relevant to the lab’s work.  The RA will also be involved in processing and organizing data derived from experiments and in experimental design.  Some basic animal husbandry will be required for specific animals within experiments.  Some weekend/holiday work will be required. 

Basic Qualifications

At least two years of college level coursework in biology or closely related field.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor's degree in biology or related field, as well as coursework or training having an emphasis on developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, regenerative biology, stem cell biology, or related topics are strongly preferred.  Cell culture experience is highly desirable.  Preference will also be given to candidates who have some demonstrated aptitude for computational biology/bioinformatics. 

Candidate must work well in a team, both in a small team and in a larger team.  Candidate must have excellent communication skills.  Candidate must be well-organized and willing to learn new techniques.  Candidate should be motivated to identify process inefficiencies and take initiative to improve them.  Candidate should be willing to devote at least two years to the position.  Candidates possessing a master’s degree will also be considered.       

Physical Requirements

May be required to lift, move and transport related laboratory equipment. Required to work with a variety of hazardous materials under approved safety protocols. 

Working Conditions

May be required to work with and handle animals.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/ .

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position with renewal dependent upon continuation of grant funding.

Occasional weekend flexibility may be required.


USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

403112 Research Assistant II Lab


Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology


55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Pre-Employment Screening



35 hours per week/ Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. 

Occasional weekend flexibility may be required.

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Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

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.

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