The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) seeks a Research Assistant to join a dynamic team working on the development of field observing systems and laboratory experiments to address key unanswered questions related to Earth's atmosphere. The Research Assistant will support the science staff in preparing custom instrumentation for flights on upcoming NASA aircraft field campaigns.
Our group includes senior and junior engineers, senior scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. Our team's sensor experience stretches back decades, with flight altitudes ranging from 10 feet to 120,000 feet, with deployment sites all over the world. These efforts are united by a drive to make ground-breaking measurements in demanding environments to deepen our understanding of atmospheric chemistry and climate. For more information, please visit:https://www.arp.harvard.edu/
The Research Assistant will assist science staff in the following areas:
Use of high vacuum equipment and analytical techniques in support of gas-phase chemistry
Use of electronic test equipment, power and machine tools, chemical preparation, and glass work
Setup and operation of laboratory experiments using computer-controlled interfaces with flight and calibration instrumentation
Ground support for aircraft missions
General lab operation and related duties
This is a 12-month term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
Based on the nature of the work, field work travel within the U.S. may be part of this role. In addition, work hours may vary based on project timelines and lab production requirements.
SEAS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Commitment to Diversity SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard's teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are: educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit www.seas.harvard.edu.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry, or a related field is required with two to five years of demonstrated professional, research and internship experience in related areas.
Candidates should possess technical excellence and finesse, the ability to analyze processes in order to recommend improvements, and flexibility to respond to the needs and recommendations of the science staff. The applicant must have strong communication skills, the ability to work independently, and excellent organizational skills. Experience with chemical handling, vacuum systems, and UV spectroscopy is a plus.
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: 50624BR
About Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.