The mission of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to improve human health through better nutrition and lifestyle. The Department strives to accomplish this goal through research aimed at an increased understanding of how diet influences health at molecular and population levels, the development of nutritional strategies, informing policy, the education of researchers and practitioners, and the dissemination of nutrition information to health professionals and the public.
We are seeking a Research Assistant I Lab to perform all aspects of lab extraction, data preparation, and report generation in the Nutritional Biomarker Lab in the Nutrition Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Organic phase extraction from human blood, human tissues, and food products
- Operation and maintenance of an HPLC system and GC-FID system
- Integration of chromatograms and reduction of data
- Generation of data reports for clients
- Monitoring of lab supplies stock and ordering supplies when necessary
- Maintenance of lab equipment and general lab housekeeping
- Maintenance of the Costa Rica Cohort Bio-repository
- Other duties as assigned
The schedule for this position is Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire, with the possibility for extension based on project needs and funding.
PLEASE NOTE: Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site (on campus in Boston) onboarding and lab work. The majority of the work, though, is expected to take place in person – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.
- 1+ years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or related field
- 1+ years of experience in a laboratory setting
- Basic lab skills such as pipetting, mixing buffers, and general lab safety techniques
- Prior experience with HPLC, GC-FID, and quantitative analysis
- Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
- Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
- Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
- Must be able to sit and/or stand at lab bench for several hours at a time
- Must be able to lift 25 pounds
- This Biohazard Level 2 laboratory will require use of personal protective equipment including lab coat, safety glasses, and latex or nitrile gloves
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
- Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
- Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee’s start date.
- Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
- Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
- Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
- Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events — and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
- The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
- Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
- This position has a 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage.