Laboratory Technician
Harvard University - Cambridge, MA

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School/Unit Faculty of Arts and Sciences Sub-Unit ------------ Location USA - MA - Cambridge Job Function Research Time Status Full-time Schedule M-F 9am-5pm Department Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Salary Grade 049 Union 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Duties & Responsibilities Reports to a Professor of Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Characterizes and identifies specimens using molecular systematic techniques; develops protocols for DNA characterization. Incorporates DNA samples and other molecular materials into the MCZ-wide collection database, following established protocols for data formatting and security, including tracking and interface with departmental molecular databases. Oversees, prepares and maintains loans and exchanges of materials and primers. Assists with standard record keeping and other administrative functions required for department collecting and loan activities to comply with specimen transport (e.g., import/export) laws and regulations. Serves as a principal source of specialized information on the molecular systematics facility and the collection to visiting scholars, faculty, staff, students and general public. Addresses technical problems and procedures, including preservation, developments in specimen conservation, preparation and identification techniques. Maintains and reconciles budgets, orders supplies from vendors, tracks orders, processes invoices, and performs related duties as required. Basic Qualifications High school dipolma required. Familiarity with museum collections, entomology (Lepidoptera), sequencing and software programs used in DNA analysis and systematics. Additional Qualifications Experience and proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and database software. Strong attention to detail, the ability to handle a variety of tasks and shifting priorities, to work independently as well as part of a team, and to coordinate tasks with multiple constituencies including faculty, managers, and staff. Additional Information This is a term position ending on July 31, 2013, with the possibility of extension based on continued funding.

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In 2008, Harvard University adopted a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% below a 2006 baseline by 2016, including growth. As part of this goal, Harvard is committed to using its campus as a living laboratory, turning research and teaching into action to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions that reduce energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions. In April 2011, Harvard announced a 10.4% decline in the University's overall GHG Emissions since Fiscal Year 2006, including approximately three million square feet of growth, from a Fiscal Year 2006 baseline. Much of this growth was energy intensive laboratory space. Excluding growth, emissions from baseline buildings have dropped by 20.3%, reflecting both energy efficiency upgrades and occupant behavior change.
The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology is committed to doing our part to help Harvard University meet the greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal. As a part of our efforts, the OEB Green Team was formed in 2008 and meets every other month to tackle projects including energy awareness, recycling outreach, procurement best practices, the Harvard “Green Office” program, and how to make our labs more sustainable. Pre-Employment Screening Identity

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