Teaching Fellow/Assistant Opportunity at Harvard College


Course Head:

Robert Lue, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Course Description:

This course teaches fundamental concepts in cell biology in the context of several individual life histories drawn from different parts of the world. Each life case focuses on key aspects of human development, growth, aging and disease while providing a nuanced view of the interplay between the life sciences, geography and culture. For example, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS in South Asia is used to explore mucosal immunity and the basis for estimating relative infection risk, while a comparative discussion of aging in the United States and Japan is used to explore diet, cellular metabolism, and their relationship to protein damage and turnover. Each case delves into the cell biology of major biological events across the life history of a human being from different geographical and cultural backgrounds.


  • Attend a half-day TF/TA training session prior to the start of the semester (sometime mid- January)

  • Attend all lectures: Tu/Thu 10:30 – 11:45 am

  • Attend weekly 30-minute to 1-hr staff meetings

  • Run a weekly 75-minute discussion section

  • Hold weekly 1 hr office hours

  • Grade exams and final student presentations

  • Care about the well-being of our motivated students

  • Must be U.S. citizen or have permanent residence status


  • Gain valuable teaching and mentoring experience with an innovative interdisciplinary cellular biology course

  • Opportunities for professional development

  • Work in a collaborative teaching environment

Interested candidates should email a current CV to the course preceptor Jessica Liu, Ph.D. at liu9@fas.harvard.edu.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology, Tenure Track at Simmons University

The Department of Biology at Simmons University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology to begin in the fall of 2019. 

We seek an innovative educator and scholar with demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, creative curriculum development, an active research agenda, and a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration inside and outside the University. As a University committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students, staff and faculty across a broad range of social and personal identities, abilities and perspectives. The primary area of expertise is open, but should complement existing departmental strengths. Expertise in rodent model system and/or a research focus in sexual and gender development is desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses such as Developmental Biology, General Biology, Cell Biology, Animal Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biology of Gender. They will also periodically develop and teach interdisciplinary courses in the Honors and General Education (PLAN) programs. In addition, the candidate will develop and maintain an active research program that involves undergraduate student participation.  Responsibilities also include advising and mentoring students, participation in curriculum development, and service on departmental, college and university committees. 

Applicants should have a PhD in Developmental Biology or related field, or a PhD expected to be completed by the time of the appointment. Expertise in Developmental Biology and Physiology is required. Post-doctoral experience is preferred.

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons University is a private, non-sectarian institution that has prepared women for leadership in the world through transformative education that links passion with purpose since 1899. Today, Simmons serves nearly 2,000 students in a women-centered undergraduate program and nearly 5,000 students in coeducational graduate programs. Simmons recently achieved university designation and embarked on an academic redesign to create four interdisciplinary colleges, including the College of Natural Behavior and Health Sciences.

For more information and to apply click here.

Scientist, Clinical Development at Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine is a molecular information company dedicated to changing the way patients with cancer are treated. Harnessing advanced technology, Foundation Medicine is developing clinical laboratory tests that will broadly capture the most relevant tumor genomic and other molecular information in a single test, and connect it with relevant scientific and medical knowledge to help oncologists determine the right treatment for each patient. 

The Clinical Development team is seeking a highly-motivated biologist to facilitate education regarding FMI products in the oncology and pathology communities as a scientific expert through presentations and scientific exchange in support of Foundation Medicine’s molecular tumor boards (MTB) program. The Clinical Development scientist will serve as a scientific resource about cancer-assocaited genomic alterations and will provide up-to-date reports about their association with targeted therapies. This role requires  knowledge of cancer biology and molecular oncology, excellent presentations skills and ability to effectively communicate complex scientific issues to a diverse audience. The scientist will also support diverse internal and external collaborations through data mining, hypothesis generation, and advanced genomic analysis as guided by the Clinical Development lead. The position offers flexibility to occasionally work offsite.

For more information and to apply for this position click here.