The Fontana lab in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School is looking for a research assistant to help develop and run our automated high-throughput imaging technology for studying the molecular genetics of aging in C. elegans. The research assistant will participate in the construction, calibration, and day-to-day operation of a microscopy cluster that captures the mortality statistics of large worm populations under various genetic and environmental perturbations.
Ideal candidates will have completed college studies and will be seeking additional laboratory experience before plunging back into graduate studies. This job is about creative engineering and precise execution of large experiments in the context of C. elegans genetics research. Basic molecular biology skills and software engineering exposure will be useful. We are looking for someone willing to learn, with a skill for gadgets and a penchant for problem-solving. No specific prior knowledge is needed, but some background in a branch of science or engineering is desirable. The position is for one year with the possibility of extension, starting immediately.
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