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Research Technician - Corbett Lab

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) advances the discovery and sharing of scientific knowledge to benefit us all. As a biomedical research organization and philanthropy, HHMI supports a vibrant community of academic researchers, educators, students, and professionals. Together, we’re unlocking the fundamentals of biology and building an open, inclusive future for science.


The lab of Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett-Helaire at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is a diverse team of viral immunologists, molecular virologists, and protein engineers. Together, they use their expertise to inform vaccine development and therapeutic antibody discovery for coronaviruses and other emerging and re-emerging viruses. They strive to understand the immune landscape of viral surface proteins, decipher the influence of immune responses on the clinical outcome following natural viral infection, and translate their findings to rationally design and evaluate novel vaccine concepts – all in the name of pandemic preparedness. More information about the lab and their work can be found by visiting

About the Research Technician role:
As the Research Technician, you will work collaboratively alongside a postdoctoral fellow on the endemic coronavirus project. This position will provide you with an excellent opportunity for scientific learning, further development of your skills, and opportunities for growth in an intellectually stimulating environment. This would be an ideal position for a passionate, hardworking individual who is looking for a robust career experience of at least 2 years before transitioning to their next professional chapter. 

What we provide:

A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits

Joining the vibrant Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health research community

Access to HHMI’s Udemy on-demand training courses and interactive skill-building seminars taught by members of our learning and organization development team

Direct mentorship from Dr. Corbett-Helaire, a pioneering viral immunologist whose work has been central to the development of the Moderna mRNA vaccine and the Eli Lilly therapeutic monoclonal antibody that were first to enter clinical trials in the U.S.

Opportunities for professional development, particularly in strengthening presentation skills


What you’ll do:

Work collaboratively alongside a postdoctoral fellow on the endemic coronavirus project.

Perform a variety of techniques involving molecular biology, sterile cell culture, and flow cytometry.

Become knowledgeable about safety protocols and precautions in the lab.

Attend and participate in weekly lab meetings.


What you bring:

A bachelor's degree in a biological science or closely related field is required.

Previous research experience in an academic laboratory is preferred.   

Experience with cell culture is preferred.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills with strong attention to detail.

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Proactive, professional, and self-motivated approach to work with an eagerness to learn, grow, and be mentored.

Ability to work collaboratively as part of a dynamic, diverse, and growing team.

Strong digital literacy with demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.


Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.


Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 


Compensation Range

$17.72 (minimum) - $22.16 (midpoint) - $28.77 (maximum)


Pay Type:



HHMI’s salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer