Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Harvard Medical School Translator is seeking a motivated scientist to play a critical bench research role in our emerging pathogens research alliance with AbbVie. The alliance strives to discover new therapeutic options for the current and future pandemics, and further our understanding of the immunopathology of respiratory infections. This scientist will work closely with several research laboratories and core facilities within the alliance to facilitate compound testing for molecules arising from the research programs against respiratory pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2. As a key team member of this dynamic research alliance, this scientist will have the opportunity to attend group meetings and seminars, as well as present research findings to colleagues.
Specific responsibilities for the position are as follows:
Tracking compound transfers between partner institutions and the compound handling facility at HMS
Compound dilution and creation of assay ready plates
Routine biochemical testing of potency and selectivity against viral targets
Biochemical and cell-based assay development and optimization
Analyze results and generate visualizations for distribution and presentation
Assisting is cell culture and reagent preparation for viral infection assays to be conducted at the Boston University NEIDL facility
For clarity, this position will not entail the use of live virus
The position will report to the Executive Director of Therapeutics Translation at Harvard Medical School.
This is a three-year term position from date of hire, with possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.
This Staff role is starting as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while the Massachusetts COVID-19 state of emergency restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments' business needs.
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.
Minimum of 2 years experience of bench research experience
Masters Degree preferred
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
Experience working with laboratory automation a plus
Training in cell culture and sterile technique
Comfort working in a collaborative environment
Meticulous attention to detail
An interest in therapeutic discovery
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
Extremely well organize and capable of multitasking
Strong computer skills
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: 54084BR
About Harvard University Medical School
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.