The Shamble lab in the Harvard FAS John Harvard Distinguished Fellows Program is currently accepting applications for a Research Assistant II Lab position to aid in the design and fabrication of novel research equipment and to assist in laboratory experiments. Research in the lab focuses on evolutionary questions related to animal behavior and sensory biology/neurophysiology, particularly in spiders.
Under normal direction, the candidate will assist in the design and construction of novel experimental and scientific equipment to address major research aims of the lab. The candidate will also participate in other laboratory activities including assisting in the design and execution of laboratory experiments, collection of data, and assisting with animal care. The ideal candidate would thus be comfortable in both a machine-shop as well as a laboratory setting.
Typical Core Duties:
Perform skilled work to develop and construct experimental equipment, including the operation of machine power tools, hand power tools, and hand tools.
Work extensively with a range of typical engineering materials including metals and plastic. Construction of basic electronics, including motorized systems.
Work closely with scientists and engineers to design and fabricate specialty parts and equipment.
Assist with laboratory experiments using standard techniques and equipment.
Use various computer programs to assist in collecting, processing, organizing, and summarizing data. This includes editing and writing custom computer programs. Perform related job duties as required including basic animal care.
A cover letter is required. Those who do not submit a cover letter will not be considered for this opportunity.
We regret that Harvard University does not provide visa sponsorship for this position.
All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community.
Salary Grade: 053
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A college background in engineering, or equivalent of education plus relevant work experience.
Demonstrated experience in basic mechanical design and fabrication, simple electronics, and computer programing.
A college degree (BS/BA) in mechanical engineering is preferred.
Must be able to work independently but also work in close collaboration with other members of the lab.
Familiarity with college-level biological concepts is preferred.
Familiarity with 3D printers, laser cutters, and other fabrication equipment is preferred.
Familiarity with Matlab, Python, and Arduino-based programming is preferred.
Must be willing and able to work with animals (especially spiders).
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: 49658BR
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