Research Assistant in Global Health

Tufts University

United States


The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health (IDGH) combines four important areas of expertise within Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. These are public/population health, international medicine, wildlife and conservation medicine, and infectious disease research. The alignment of these areas promotes cross-disciplinary strengths that are important in achieving the department's goal of improving human, animal and ecosystem health locally, nationally and globally. Much of the research in the department aims to advance understanding of the biology and host interaction of pathogens, particularly those causing enteric disease, and to use this information to develop immunotherapy and vaccines against the pathogens.

What You'll Do

The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health (IDGH) is looking for a Research Assistant to join our team.

The position involves working in a research laboratory, in the specialized facility, and at the computer recording, processing, and analyzing data.


As a Research Assistant you will:

  • Work in collaboration with the senior investigator and laboratory staff to design and execute experiments involving mostly investigations on development of immune reagents intended for use in research for various viral infections.
    • The work will also require working in BSL3 facility.
  • Coordinate assigned project tasks involving hands-on skills of standard molecular procedures such as DNA extraction, PCR and gel electrophoresis; flow cytometry; record-keeping; data analysis (including DNA sequence data)
  • Work on experiments using multiple models for the principal investigator with limited supervisor.
  • Monitor disease progression and manifestation (sample collection and analysis), performing procedures and examining and analyzing tissues histologically including the application of immunohistochemistry.
  • Perform general lab maintenance; restocking lab supplies, ordering supplies, organization and maintenance including glassware cleaning, disposal of hazardous and biohazardous waste, autoclaving; minor equipment maintenance; preparing solutions.
  • Assist with data analysis, grants and manuscript writing, literature search, help to train technicians and graduate students, perform scholarly activities, and attend scientific meetings and seminars, other duties as directed by the PI

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in science and 3-5 years of related laboratory experience OR Master’s degree and up to one year laboratory experience.
  • Required computer/technical skills: Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and biostatistics
  • Valid US driver’s license. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional Preferred Experience, Education, etc.
  • Master’s degree in science
  • Knowledge of and experience with advanced laboratory techniques and procedures, data interpretation and statistical analysis
  • Molecular genetics and cell biology relating to immunology and virology laboratory skills
  • Experience working with BSL3 agents preferred
  • Work with animal models


Pay Range

Minimum $46,700.00, Midpoint $58,450.00, Maximum $70,200.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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