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Technical Research Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Harvard University

Date Posted:

Position Description:

Works with increasing independence, under general supervision, to execute protocols involving a variety of routine procedures at a professional level, in collaboration with other members of the research team. Responsible for computer based conduct of behavioral studies. Transcribe and analyze data using statistics and graphing software. May be responsible for assisting in the orientation and training new staff. Some weekend work is required.


1) Perform experiments, which are moderate to complex. Experiments may include drug self-administration studies, drug discrimination studies, studies of schedule controlled-responding, studies of drug effects on endocrine measures, and brain imaging studies

2) Transcribe and analyze data with statistics and graphics programs using computer software and prepare weekly reports for supervisors

3) Prepare and administer accurate drug doses from stock solutions, ensure sterile technique, maintain accurate records of drug usage and maintain security of drug supplies

4) Plan, coordinate and schedule tests and procedures in consultation with immediate supervisor

5) Responsible for identifying potential problems in ongoing studies and devising solutions under supervision of immediate supervisor

6) Assist with maintenance of animal health and well-being and maintenance of an orderly work environment; develop, implement and monitor all animal enrichment procedures

7) Responsible for monitoring and maintenance of supplies in accordance with laboratory procedures

8) Assist in preparations for conduct of aseptic surgical procedures.

9) Assists in orientation and training of new employees in the laboratory.

10) Supervise animal caretaker activities related to assigned projects.

11) Supervise and document implementation of enrichment activities.

12) Performs all other duties as assigned

BA or BS in biology, psychology or related field

Good animal handling skills
Good computer literacy
Sound analytical and organizational skills
Good oral and written communication skills
Must be able to logically and effectively structure tasks and set priorities
Ability to identify potential problems and troubleshoot solutions
Demonstrated ability to analyze data statistically and to logically present it

40 hours/week
Benefits include full medical and dental coverage,
retirement savings, life insurance

Contact Information:
Jennifer Newman
115 Mill Street
Belmont 02139

E-mail Address:

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