Research Assistant II Lab

Company Details

Harvard University

Position Description

We study tissues and cells from human patients, animal models, and tissue culture models to define disease mechanisms as well as mechanisms of normal physiology and development. These cells and tissues are studied by a number of molecular biological techniques involving next-generation sequencing, digital PCR, bacterial plasmid manipulation, and PCR. The candidate under supervision, will isolate RNA and DNA, clone and propagate plasmids, make next-generation sequencing libraries, and PCR amplify DNA, fractionate DNA, protein, or RNA by gel electrophoresis. Individuals with some molecular biological experience are preferred. Experience with other molecular biology, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, PCR, and immunohistochemical techniques is also relevant.

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline. At least two years of related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor’s degree in life science (biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology) is strongly preferred. Two years of molecular biology experience. Basic laboratory skills- pipetting, sterile technique, buffer preparation.

Additional Information

This position is grant-funded for one year with the possibility of renewals.

This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.

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:

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

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.

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Job Function



USA – MA – Boston

Job Code

403112 Research Assistant II Lab




Time Status


Salary Grade



55 – Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Pre-Employment Screening



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

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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

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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