Research Assistant II - Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7245917 (Ref:hh-65814BR)

Posted: May 20, 2024

Job Description

Position Description
The Synthetic Biology Hive ( is a new hub for synthetic biology research in the Boston area. The Hive aims to tackle the urgent problems of today — climate change, food insecurity, pandemics and many more — using the powerful tools made possible by a deep understanding of biological processes. Our mission is two-fold: pioneer novel solutions to global problems and train the individuals who will lead the transition to a new biology-based economy.

We are seeking a Research Assistant for our Cornucopia project, which aims to develop an engineered bacterial strain to produce food from air, water and sunlight. The person in this position will help design and test novel strains to use hydrogen gas, nitrogen and CO2 efficiently to produce protein and carbohydrate. This is an exciting position for a recent graduate who wants to contribute to a potentially transformative project. The successful candidate will have molecular biology skills and an understanding of the principles of engineering and evolving bacteria to have desired properties.
Basic Qualifications
  • College background in biology or a related discipline.
  • 1-2+ years of experience.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Experience in molecular biology lab techniques.
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. 

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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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. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values
EEO Statement
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.

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Job posting number:#7245917 (Ref:hh-65814BR)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Harvard Medical School
United States
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