Research Assistant I Jobs in Massachusetts

Research Assistant I Jobs in Massachusetts


Job title: Research Assistant I

Company: Harvard University

Expected salary:

Location: Boston, MA

Research Assistant I Job Details:

Job Code

403108 Research Assistant I Lab



Time Status



55 – Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Basic Qualifications

  • College background or equivalent work experience, preferably in a related discipline.
  • At least one year of laboratory experience (relevant coursework may count towards experience).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or related field preferred.
  • Experience in molecular biology (PCR, cloning, bacterial transformation) is preferred.
  • Must be reliable and organized.
  • Must be self-motivated to work independently and work positively as part of a research group.

Additional Information

This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.

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

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

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

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Pre-Employment Screening



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

Job Function


Position Description

Located in Boston, Harvard Medical School is a world-renowned research and training University.

This position will assist scientists in performing basic research. For an overview of research in the Rudner Lab please visit:


The Rudner Lab in the Department of Microbiology at Harvard Medical School is recruiting a research assistant to study how bacteria build their cell envelope with the goal of identifying new targets for antibiotic development. The lab uses genetic, molecular, and biochemical approaches to understand how bacteria assemble their envelope and respond to antibiotic exposure. We are seeking an individual excited to study molecular biology and basic science research. The successful candidate will assist with general lab management, preparation of reagents and recombinant enzymes, and ordering of lab supplies. Additionally, applicants will work closely with all members of the lab, participate and present in lab meetings, and have the opportunity to pursue an individual research project and co-author publications. You will learn how to manipulate bacterial genomes, build strains, and characterize mutants using in vivo assays and fluorescence microscopy. We are looking for candidates that have at least one year of availability.


Harvard Medical School

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.


We invite you to visit to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with 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 program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

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