Full time research intern in microbiology(HMS)

September 2018


Harvard Medical School is currently seeking an experienced, motivated and well-organized individual to join as a full-time research intern to work on a cutting-edge microbiology research project. This is a oneyear, full-time hands-on research position working as a member of a dynamic team that includes graduate students and postdocs. The candidate should be comfortable and proficient with laboratory research and a strong team player. The candidate must have prior experience in microbiology and molecular biology laboratory techniques. Key skills include genetic manipulation of E.coli such as DNA transformation, plasmid extraction, PCR and cloning. Experience with next generation sequencing (illumine MiSeq) and sequence analysis tools (such as Geneious), as well as familiarity with computational tools (such as R or python) will be viewed highly favorably. The position involves utilization of microbiology techniques along with development ofnew experimental methods, so understanding of underlying fundamental principles is required.

Key Responsibilities


The official title of this position is “Visiting PostGrad Research Fellow”. Please note we do not provide Visa Sponsorship for employment purposes. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Please send CV to with subject line: “InternCV_first name_family name

Postdoctoral fellows

Postdoctoral Position for Church Lab and Dong Lab (HMS and Boston Children's Hospital)

June 2019

We are a seeking a postdoctoral research fellow for a project in which we are developing high throughput methods for identification of protein interaction partners. These methods will be used to identify targets of peptide toxins. This project is funded under an effort to develop experimental DNA biosecurity methodologies. The appointment will exist as a joint appointment in the Church Lab at Harvard Medical School and the Dong Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Church Lab has broad expertise in biotechnology and the Don Lab has deep expertise in the identification and characterization of protein toxins. We seek to fill the position as soon as possible with the correct fit.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent in molecular biology, chemical biology, microbiology, or biotechnology. Additional expertise and research experience in the areas of chemistry and bioinformatics is also highly desirable, but not required. Experience with NGS, mass spectrometry, and/or CRISPR genome editing is also desired. Interested applicants should email their CV and coverletter to: & Please reference “Postdoc for Church/Dong Lab” in the subject line of your email

in our CEGS Center for Genomically Engineered Organs and our DOE Genomics Sciences Center.

April 6, 2018: Special opportunity: See our posting on the Harvard post-doc web site here. This posting will only be open for a limited time.

Interested in synthetic genomics, organic chemistry, accelerated evolution, biofuels, automated allele replacement, iPS cells, in situ RNA technology, synthetic neural systems, nano/microfab, synthetic ribosomes/cells, personal genomics/phenomics.

We are getting a large number of applicants, so please help us by answering these questions. Although the group is generally well funded, we often don't have postdoctoral salaries available, in which case postdocs can join only after they have an approved fellowship. Also, while all members of the lab do computational biology, they are mostly (and increasingly) multidisciplinary in their postdoctoral plans (i.e. including experimental work and/or automation).

1. What aspect of the experimental research in our lab interests you most? (Note that this is not an irreversible commitment to such a topic, merely a way for us to start to get acquainted.) How might it connect to your graduate research strengths?

2. What are your plans for obtaining postdoctoral fellowship funding (many fellows find this advantageous for their career but it requires application months in advance)? Do you have salary needs beyond standard NIH fellowship levels?

3. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status?

4. What is your ideal scenario for a postdoc and beyond?

5. Is your graduate advisor likely to recommend you at a high enough level that you could achieve your post-post-doc goals?

Please email your current CV/resume and have a letter of reference from your advisor emailed to Emma Taddeo.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

What is the process after sending in an application? You should get an acknowledgement of receipt within one week. You will not hear anything further unless you have been selected to come visit (usually emailed within 3 weeks). This will usually be a Monday or Thursday with a seminar arranged for 12:30 PM and a very informal series of one-on-one diuscussions with lab-members from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Do we pay travel expenses for postdoctoral interviews? Generally not. We encourage you to combine visiting our group with other meetings in the Boston area.
Do we allow collaborations? Yes, we encourage them.
What is the typical time for a postdoctoral research? It ranges from a couple of months (for some of our recent PhDs that go basically directly to faculty positions) -- to 3 years (typical) -- to career research positions. As with the research projects, this a highly individual decision that requires careful (re)evaluation, not a one-size-fits-all solution.
What are past trainees doing now? See our table of current and former lab members for a summary.
What is the focus of our Center? Developing technologies that enable high-throughput DNA synthesis, genome engineering, and biological data acquisition as well as novel integrations of biology with engineering. Ultimately we want these to be applicabile to health, education and environmental quality.
Salary and fringe benefits? Competitive with similar institutions.
How to navigate to the lab? See Maps and accomodations web page

Updated 03-Aug-2017