The Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID) was formed in 1997 when the Departments of Cancer Biology, Molecular and Cellular Toxicology and Tropical Public Health were merged. The department focuses on the biological, immunological, epidemiological and ecological aspects of viral, bacterial and protozoan diseases of animals and humans, including the vectors that transmit infectious agents. Research in the department's 12 laboratories is primarily focused on diseases of developing countries.
The detail-oriented, Research Assistant will report to Wendy Garrett, MD PhD. Dr. Garrett studies host-microbiota interactions with a focus on the gastrointestinal immune system and the gut microbiota, and their roles in health, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colorectal cancer, and infectious disease progression. Dr. Garrett's laboratory seeks to shed light on microbial metabolism and how it influences immune system function — areas that are quite poorly understood.
Another major area of focus in Dr. Garrett's laboratory is harnessing DNA sequencing technologies and analytical methods to illuminate causal relationships between gut microbes and disease. This work takes advantage of a new approach, known as microbiome-wide association studies (MWAS), which probe the combined genes and genomes of the microbiota (known as the "microbiome") to reveal key links to disease. Through these forays in basic science, their work will lay the foundation for a new generation of treatments that are more precisely targeted to the root causes of disease.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: - Manipulation of bacterial cells and cancer cell lines - Work with mouse models of disease in a germ-free and gnobtobiotic setting - Preparation of solutions and media, as well as molecular biology and microbiology techniques for sterility monitoring - Other duties as assigned
Please Note: This position has a term appointment of June 30, 2018. Please Note: This position requires successful completion of an occupational health screening.
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 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.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 052
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
- 1+ years of experience, a combination of education and experience may be considered.
- B.A./B.S. in biological sciences strongly preferred. - Experience in cultivation of bacteria and PCR strongly preferred, excellent organization skills, strong analytical abilities, detail-oriented, and strong verbal and written communication skill. Willingness to work with mice is required.
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.
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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