Research Assistant II Lab

Research Assistant II Lab

  • Full Time
  • Boston

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Job Summary:

The Department of Molecular Metabolism (MET) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (SPH) conducts pioneering research into the causes of underlying complex human disorders. Our studies aim to transform our understanding of wellness and disease and will help us develop novel approaches to address the major challenges to global public health. Learn more about MET and their research here:

We are seeking a Research Assistant to support the Ubellacker Lab which investigates ways to target metabolic changes in metastasizing cancer cells, with a focus on exploiting the lipidomic dependencies of cancer cells in the lymphatic niche. We are working to discover mechanisms that explain how lipid availability in the tumor microenvironment promotes cancer cell dissemination, colonization at distant organs, and the awakening of dormant cancer cells. We employ human and animal models of melanoma, breast, and prostate cancers with genomics, metabolomics, lipidomics to identify and target novel programs of lipid metabolism required for metastasis. We aspire to capitalize on these connections between cancer cells and the lipid microenvironment to reduce cancer progression, thus addressing a significant unmet clinical need for effective therapies to treat and prevent the spread of metastatic cancers.

Learn more about the Ubellacker Lab here:

The Research Assistant will hold an integral role within the lab – not only taking on the administrative duties involved in running the lab but also supporting and participating in the science.  We’re targeting someone highly organized, with excellent communication skills and a keen eye for detail.  This is an opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the running of a lab – ensuring a positive and encouraging work environment that fosters a strong and cohesive team.

This position offers the potential for professional growth.


Job-Specific Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinating all ordering and organization of supplies and ensure adequate maintenance of research requirements, oversight of essential equipment and maintenance, management of the laboratory plasmid and cell line inventories, handling and processing of biological samples specimens, use of hazardous chemicals, and general laboratory tasks. Reports directly to laboratory supervisor.
  • Administer lab safety programs and train and monitor laboratory members as needed to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations
  • Manage yearly regulatory review process with various governing bodies to ensure compliance
  • Oversight of essential equipment and maintenance
  • Supervise management of the laboratory plasmid and cell line inventories
  • Coordinate lab orientation of all new lab members and training on a variety of laboratory procedures
  • Along with other duties as assigned by the Principle Investigator, the candidate will serve as a resource for both students and staff for a variety of issues.
  • Candidate must be self-motivated, energetic and able to work in a diverse laboratory environment.
  • Perform laboratory experiments utilizing specific and prescribed techniques and equipment
  • Collect project data; process, organize and summarize data, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms
  • Process orders or invoices, or undertake other clerical and basic accounting duties under the direction of administrative personnel
  • Organize and manage laboratory databases and reagent collections
  • May perform routine logging and testing of samples
  • Assist in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols as a member of a project team or together with the principal investigator
  • Assist in animal related lab matters including maintaining animal protocols, complying with university regulations and best practices of animal experiments, recording animal ordering/usage, and managing the mouse colony including ordering/import of animals
     Perform related lab maintenance such as maintaining and cleaning equipment and ordering supplies
  • Communicate and coordinate with various department and school administrative personnel on lab issues
  • May instruct other staff and students in basic laboratory techniques and carry out lab safety orientation for new lab members
  • Attend department and School meetings on behalf of the lab as needed (e.g. regular lab management meetings held by MET Research Operations Manager, journal clubs, seminars, and lab meetings)
  • Participate in trainings as needed and appropriate to role
  • Act as contact for some lab matters and work closely with department and central School staff on behalf of lab (e.g. operations, IT, research administration, and department administrators, IACUC, and EHS)
  • Work efficiently and cooperatively with a team of researchers in support of projects
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions
  • Search out, read, discuss and apply relevant scientific literature
  • Assist other scientists as required
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: The finalist will be required to pass an occupational health screening.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of two years from the date of hire with the possibility of extension.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of relevant research experience is required; a combination of education and experience may be considered 

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