Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary

Boston, MA, United States


POSITION: Research Fellow BE DEPARTMENT: Research Ophthalmology
REPORTS TO: Research DATE: October 31, 2018


Mass Eye and Ear, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Connor Lab. A successful candidate will have joint appointment at Harvard Medical School. This position is centralized on the study of neuro-immunity and will utilize cellular and molecular biology approaches in retinal in development and disease.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. with a strong background in immunology. Experience in neuroscience and/or retinal disease is preferred but not required. Competitive candidates will have a demonstrated expertise in immunology research, a proven track record in terms of publications, and a commitment to a career in biomedical research. The ideal candidate would have direct experience with animal models of disease, experience with statistics / analytical tools, familiarity with major biological databases and a strong background in molecular biology.

Knowledge in mouse handling and surgery is highly desirable. Strong motivation and sense of teamwork are essential, along with excellent interpersonal skills for effective interactions with a dynamic group of researchers. Candidates should demonstrate a clear track record of independent productive research, show willingness to help guide junior lab members, have strong organizational, written, and verbal skills, and possess the ability to work both independently and as part of a laboratory team. Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals; 2) their curriculum vitae; 3) names and contact information of three references to


• Flow cytometry and FACS analysis
• Immunohistochemistry, Cryosectioning
• Design and execute in vitro and in vivo studies
• Genomics, single cell RNAseq and pathway analysis
• Review, analyze and summarize published literature
• Attend relevant meetings and undertake appropriate coursework, when required by mentor.
• Meet regularly with mentor to review project progress and milestones
• Take administrative (inventory, protocols, purchasing, etc.) responsibilities in the lab when necessary, when required by mentor.

Interested individuals should have a PhD or MD/PhD, a strong publication record in immunology and in vivo disease models, and excellent written and oral skills. Expertise in retina, animal models of retinal degeneration (PVR, AMD, RPE dystrophies) and/or visual assessment (ERG, OCT) of rodents is a plus.

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Research Fellow