Research Assistant in Microfluidic cell based assays for Vaccine Development
Harvard University, Harvard Medical School
United States

Research Assistant III - Microfluidic cell based assays for Vaccine Development

Harvard Medical School


Job Code

403116 Research Assistant III Lab

Duties & Responsibilities

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks an energetic Research Assistant III to significantly contribute to a research program involving the use of microfluidic models.  The purpose of this program is to study Environmental Enteric Dysfunction (EED), the microbiome, and immune components in the development of intestinal diseases.
As part of the Bioinspired Therapeutics & Diagnostics platform, the successful candidate will be expected to manage intestinal organoid cultures as a liaison with Harvard Digestive Diseases Core facility and have the ability to plan and execute scientific research dealing with microfluidic Organ on Chip primary cell culture, microbiome, and the development and validation of various in-vitro cell based assays, including, but not limited to, cell based qPCR/TaqMan, ELISA, western blots, enzymatic assays, imaging, and flow cytometry.  Previous experience with primary mammalian cell culture is a must, and previous experience with intestinal organoid culture is a significant plus. The candidate will be expected to work independently with guidance from academic staff to design experiments, learn new skills, troubleshoot, and to contribute intellectually to the project. In addition, the candidate is expected to order supplies, perform support activities and lab maintenance, and function in a team-oriented environment with other scientists and staff at the Institute. The candidate will participate in the preparation of manuscripts and patent applications. Under the supervision of staff, the candidate may present data and conclusions at meetings within the Wyss Institute.
The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances and launching startup companies. For more information, visit:
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits packageincluding:

  • 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 contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings 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.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in cell biology, bioengineering or related field with at least 2 years of lab experience involving mammalian cell culture and basic biology techniquessuch as ELISA, qPCR, or microscopy.  Advanced degree may counts towards years of experience.  

Additional Qualifications

Advanced degree in cell biology or bioengineering preferred. Candidates with experience in multiple primary cell types, specifically immune cells, will be strongly considered. Experience with cell culture in microfluidic device is a plus. Ability to work well independently and to collaborate with a multidisciplinary group is essential. The candidate should be proficient with personal computers and applicable software packages (Microsoft Office). Additional experience in analysis software such as Prism, R, Imaris is a plus. Good written and oral communication skills are essential. The candidate should be highly motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and able to take initiative.

Additional Information

This is a one year term position with the possibility of renewal.  

Job Function



Wyss Institute


USA - MA - Boston


Wyss Institute

Time Status



55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Pre-Employment Screening

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Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm


EEO Statement

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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