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Early Career Researchers - Research Associate I, Broad-wide openings

We are seeking ambitious, inventive, and talented students to join the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as early career researchers upon graduation! In the role of a Research Associate I:


  • You can make a difference in biomedicine – In studying the biological basis of many diseases including cancer and infectious disease you are laying the groundwork for future therapies that change lives.
  • You will gain invaluable experience -- This unique research opportunity will give you access to the best technologies and sharpest minds that biomedical research has to offer. It is truly an experience that is unparalleled by any other biomedical research institution. Should you choose to, you will be well prepared to pursue a graduate or medical degree or continue to advance your career here over time.
  • You will be supported in your efforts to learn and grow -- There are weekly talks open to the Broad community on a variety of scientific topics, often hinging on results that have not yet been published. Many current Research Associates rave about the mentorship they have received from other Broadies, and the variety of social events that create a fun, collaborative environment.


Why Broad?

The Broad Institute is pioneering a new model of collaborative biomedical science to transform biology and medicine. To do that, we have created a unique community of amazing, creative people — “Broadies” — each with a passion for pushing scientific frontiers.  Our community transcends academic and organizational barriers, encouraging different points of view and making all Broadies part of something meaningful.  Our unique culture of collaboration along with the common theme of our people being deeply passionate about making a difference in the world and improving human health unite us all as Broadies.


At the Broad, we understand that the most important thing that will lead to these breakthroughs in human biology, health, and disease is our people.  In joining us, you will also be able to:


  • Work with and learn from world-class researchers, physicians, and data scientists at Harvard, MIT, and the Harvard teaching hospitals.
  • Join a community that deeply values diversity and continually strives for inclusion, which are essential to achieving our scientific mission.
  • Be eligible for comprehensive benefits, including discounted transportation passes, tuition reimbursement, and wellness offerings.
  • Have access to resources to help you explore career paths and take the next step — whether it’s attending graduate or medical school or pursuing a path forward at Broad


Throughout the year, we have openings to fill our entry level Research Associate positions.  By applying to this posting, we will align you with the best matched lab based on your research interests and skills.  Please visit our Scientific Areas of Research sit to learn more!


Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least a current undergraduate senior with an expected graduation date of ~Dec. 2023 or ~May 2024
  • Majored in any life science, chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical engineering or similar degree program
  • At least 1 year of undergraduate independent research experience (outside of coursework)
  • Interest in staying with the Broad for at least two years


The Research Associate I role will accept Optional Practical Training (OPT). Candidates should have at least 24 months of OPT. It is recommended that you speak with your current or former school’s immigration services team to learn more about processing timelines.


Candidates interested in the Broad Biomedical Post-Baccalaureate Scholars Program (BBPS) should complete an ECR application to begin the process. After submitting, you can visit the BBPS page for more details for application process and deadlines. Please note that the BBPS admissions process is separate from the ECR hiring process. Receiving a job offer does not guarantee admission into BBPS, but in order to be admitted to BBPS, you must have a job offer from a research group at the Broad Institute.


What to expect next:

  • Please allow 10 minutes to complete the initial application process as it needs to be completed in one sitting. We will ask for your CV/résumé and responses to a short questionnaire.
  • If you advance to next steps, you will then receive an email request to complete an on-demand interview as the first step in the interview process. Those responses will be reviewed by our recruiting team and possible next steps will be communicated via email.