The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering seeks a motivated Research Assistant to work in biology and hematology within our Biomimetic Microsystems platform. The candidate will be a part of a multidisciplinary team working on developing a number of state-of-the-art processes to improve the hemocompatiblity of medical device materials and to separate pathogens from infected blood. The candidate will be responsible for performing experiments with blood to determine hemocompatibility of the materials both in vitro and in vivo, immunoassays (ELISAs), microscopy, histology, flow Cytometry and molecular biology as well as assay development. In vivo studies will involve evaluating the biocompatibility and efficacy of materials in Swine. In addition, the candidate will perform surface modification of medical devices and protein conjugation in order to characterize biocompatibility of devices and efficacy of pathogen separation. The position will require the candidate to work in a multidisciplinary team of biologists, chemists and engineers, interact in a collegial and fluid manner with other scientists and staff at the Wyss Institute, present his/her work at weekly meetings and write appropriate scientific articles and patent applications.
The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances and launching startup companies. For more information, visit: http://wyss.harvard.edu/.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan 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 tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Offer contingent upon successful completion of pre-placement medical evaluation.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor's degree in biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related degree is required; a minimum of 2 years experience in mammalian cell culture, biochemistry, molecular biology, animal models, hematology, or a closely related science. Education may count toward years of experience.
Exposure or experience to one or more of the following areas: biochemistry, animal models, immunoassays, molecular biology, microscopy, bacterial culture, mammalian cell culture, and experience with aseptic techniques. Proficiency with personal computers and applicable software packages (Microsoft Word, Excel) is a must.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50128BR
About Harvard University Medical School
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.