Research Assistant II – Neurodegenerative Disease Biomarkers

Research Assistant II – Neurodegenerative Disease Biomarkers

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website Wyss Institute

About us:

The Wyss Institute’s mission is to transform healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. We harness the imagination of academia and the focus of industry to translate ground-breaking technologies into commercial products that solve big problems. We support research that universities, companies, and venture capital firms don’t fund because they view it as too risky.  We prefer to use the word “challenging,” and we love challenges. For more information discover our technologies, catch up on our recent news, or watch our latest videos.

About you:

You are a collaborative, impact-focused problem solver who wants to be part of a dynamic team dedicated to creating and commercializing novel approaches to global challenges in healthcare and sustainability. You want the opportunity to explore your scientific interests and apply your knowledge to tackle ambitious projects in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial-minded environment with resources and support from top-notch scientific, operations, and administrative professionals. You enjoy working with highly motivated, diverse teams and leveraging your expertise to create innovations that can change the world.

About the role:

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic Research Assistant II to join our team. You will help develop new diagnostic tests for neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, using cutting edge, ultra-sensitive technologies. This position is for someone who is excited about science and enjoys working at the bench. You will work within a team and receive significant experimental training in both new and established techniques for profiling protein and nucleic acid biomarkers from human biofluids.

What you’ll do: 

With supervision from senior staff, help design and execute experiments towards the development of new diagnostic technologies as well as protein and nucleic acid biomarkers assays for neurodegenerative diseases.
With oversight from senior staff, order supplies and perform support and lab maintenance activities
With guidance from senior staff, present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute.
Demonstrate a commitment to the Wyss Institute’s community values of courage, collaboration, innovation, impact, diversity, and respect through actions, interactions, and communications with others.


What you’ll need:

College background in biological science or related field and one or more years of lab
experience in molecular biology or biochemistry. Education may count towards years of experience.


Desired Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in a biological science or related field is strongly preferred.
Two or more years of research experience is preferred.
Experience with protein biochemistry (e.g., ELISA, Western blot, immunoisolation) and nucleic acid techniques (e.g. FISH) is advantageous but not required.
Experience with imaging techniques (e.g. fluorescence microscopy) and microfluidics is advantageous but not required.

This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal

Harvard is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position


Why you’ll like working with us:

At the Wyss Institute, you’re a member of a supportive, dynamic community that is united by its shared goal of changing the world through groundbreaking technology development and commercialization. We encourage your professional growth and development through mentorship and tuition reimbursement to support continued learning, and more. We also support your physical, financial, and mental well-being through generous time off benefits, gym reimbursements, and other programs offered through Harvard. Our facility is located in a new, state-of-the-art life sciences building in the lively Fenway neighborhood, where you have access to multiple amenities including a roof top terrace with stunning views of Boston and proximity to numerous restaurants and cultural attractions.  We value an inclusive and diverse workforce, and believe that our differences enrich the work environment for all.

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


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