USA - MA - Cambridge
Santa Cruz, California
USA - MA - Boston
Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Internal Number: 60599BR
Under the direction of the PI and senior scientists, the Laboratory Technician will be responsible for the production of digital scans of avian skeletons in the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) bird collection, and for isolation of RNA for RNA-seq experiments in the Deptartment of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB).
Using established protocols and technical procedures, the Lab Technician will produce scans of avian skeletons in the MCZ ornithology collection to augment our database of phenotypic traits to use in ongoing statistical models in development. Isolation of high-quality RNA will be used for linking expression data with information on genomic variation in enhancer sequences in natural populations. This position is ideal for candidates interested in evolutionary biology, and is an excellent opportunity for interacting in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment and to be trained in a variety of experimental approaches.
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit a cover letter along with your resume. This is a 1 year term position from date of hire.***All formal written offers will be made by FAS HR.OEB is a diverse and vibrant department with a broad range of research and teaching interests, ranging from the evolution and control of gene expression patterns within individuals and populations to the dynamics of ecosystems. Field and laboratory studies are key to understanding the evolution of organisms, how biodiversity is generated and maintained, how organisms work, and how organisms interact with their environment. OEB has close working associations with its allied institutions: the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) and the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH), as well as the Arnold Arboretum and the Harvard Forest. These institutions and their collections offer an unparalleled, rich set of resources for OEB students, faculty, visitors, and staff.Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
College coursework in science or biology with one year of lab experience. Education may count towards experience.
Experience with hand-held and other surface scanners is essential. Familiarity with RNA and DNA isolation also important. Comfort with basic bioinformatics skills is helpful (R, basic unix, and bash commands). BS/BA in Integrative Biology, Evolutionary Biology or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience strongly preferred. Individuals with a year or several months of full- or part-time research experience will be considered. Prior experience with RNA isolation and surface scanning preferred. Excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as critical thinking skills and strong attention to detail are required. Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff and with external contacts in a fast-paced environment are required.