A research assistant position is available at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The position reports to William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (70% of time) and to Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation (30% of time). The Friedman lab covers a broad range of projects (e.g. origin and evolution of flowering plants, plant evo-devo, plant fertilization biology and embryology) and methods (histology and various types of microscopy, molecular biology, greenhouse studies).
The research assistant will work closely with the Principal Investigator and Friedman Lab graduate students on a variety of research projects, while providing support to the Director of Research Facilitation by performing a variety of lab maintenance duties. This position offers an early-career individual the opportunity to improve his or her research and technical skills while studying organismic and evolutionary biology among the Arnold Arboretum’s renowned collection of woody plants. Additionally, the research assistant will interact with undergraduates, researchers, and visiting scholars working across a broad range of plant biology-related disciplines at the Weld Hill research facilities.
The lab is located at the Weld Hill Research Building at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (in Boston) and all applicants must be able to work from this facility. This is a two year term position, pending a satisfactory progress report at the end of the first year. The successful candidate is expected to begin in September of 2020.
Performs laboratory experiments involving histological preparation, light and fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy;
Performs fieldwork and sample collection on Arboretum grounds;
Collects, processes, organizes, analyzes, and summarizes data, reporting experiment results using a variety of scientific, image editing, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms;
Assists in the design of laboratory experiments, techniques, and protocols;
May instruct other staff and students in basic laboratory techniques and safety protocols;
Performs weekly workspace and hazardous waste accumulation area inspection;
Performs related laboratory maintenance such as monitoring and maintaining equipment, ordering and inventorying chemicals and supplies;
Assists with facilitation of undergraduate and graduate education programs as needed;
Assists with additional user- and equipment-related lab needs as needed;
Assists with weekly sample collection for Arboretum’s National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) monitoring site;
Other duties as needed.
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Education: College background in Biology or equivalent work experience required.
Skills and Experience:
One to two years related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience). Demonstrated basic abilities in laboratory techniques required, histology and microscopy skills desirable. Exposure to applicable computer technologies, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, is required. Effective written and verbal communications skills required.
May be required to lift, move and transport related laboratory equipment. May be required to work with a variety of hazardous materials. May be required to work with and handle plants and bees.
During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite in Boston on a full time basis. We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.
Internal Number: 52501BR
About Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University achieves excellence in scholarship and contributes to the advancement of society as an international center for the study of plants. Integrating eminent living and archival collections for discovery and dissemination of knowledge to the students of Harvard University, local educational institutions, and the public, the Arnold Arboretum is a premier destination for deepening understanding and appreciation of plants, horticulture, and biodiversity.Occupying 281 acres, the Arboretum’s living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind in the world. The living collection is supported by comprehensive curatorial documentation, herbaria containing more than 1.3 million specimens, extensive library and archival holdings, and a 43,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research center. These facilities and holdings, along with 75 full-time staff, provide the basis for research and education by Harvard faculty and students, Arboretum scholars, and visiting scientists from around the world. Investigations focus on examining plant diversity from genomic, developmental, organismic, evolutionary, and ecosystem perspectives.