The Hoekstra Lab seeks a Laboratory Technician for a three-month term with the possibility of an extension. Our research focuses on understanding how variation is generated and maintained in natural populations. In particular, we are interested in understanding both the proximate (i.e., molecular, genetic and developmental mechanisms) and ultimate (i.e., timing, strength and agent of selection) causes of evolutionary change. Thus, much of our research focuses on identifying and characterizing the molecular changes responsible for traits that affect fitness of organisms in the wild. We use an interdisciplinary approach combining molecular techniques (ranging from next-generation sequencing and transcriptomics to cell-based pharmacological assays and in vivo viral vectors), population-genetic tests, classical genetic crosses, lab-based behavioral assays and field-based experiments. The position will involve assistance with a variety of simple research and related lab tasks.
The laboratory technician will work in consultation with senior researchers, lab manager, and research assistant to assist with the following functions:
Under direction, assist with animal colony maintenance including but not limited to setting up breeding pairs, pup checks, weanings, filling mouse requests, monthly mouse counts;
Perform standard laboratory behavioral and molecular experiments using specific techniques and equipment to further ongoing lab research projects;
Under direction, collect, process, organize and summarize data, reporting experimental results using a variety of scientific, word and image processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms;
As a member of a project team, perform routine logging and/or testing of samples;
Will attend team meetings for experimental planning.
To be considered for this position, you must submit a resume and cover letter.
Please note: this is a 3-month term position ending on approximately September 30, 2019 with the possibility of extension.
***All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
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. www.oeb.harvard.edu
Salary Grade: 049
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
High school graduate or equivalent with some college courses. At least 1 year of experience in a lab setting working with animals required (course work may count toward experience).
B.S./M.S. Degree in biology, veterinary sciences or related science preferred. Preferable background working with mice and/or molecular and integrative biology. Experience with basic biological laboratory techniques a must.
Understands and follows good laboratory practices including record keeping. Well organized, self-motivated and detail oriented, with excellent interpersonal skills. Will be required to work with and handle animals. May be required to lift, move, and transport related laboratory equipment.
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: 49437BR
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