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Research Associate II
Job Number: 2019-32175
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Med School
Department: School
Salary Grade: 44
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Jan. 11, 2019


Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Associate II performs a variety of complex research experiments and is responsible for overseeing laboratory operations within the Department.




  • Perform complex laboratory experiments and conduct in-depth analysis of research experiments
  • Write standard operating procedures, schedule work, analyze data, maintain accurate records, and write reports
  • Report the status of projects and observations to the Department Chair
  • Ensure departmental computer resources remain functional and provide on-site support to Investigators as requested
  • Design and execute protocols and experiments, modify protocols as needed, and may be responsible for own research project
  • Manage laboratory research staff
  • Responsible for overall laboratory organization including oversight of safety protocols and the maintenance of related records 
  • May assist with budget and/or operational aspects of grant and contract proposals
  • Long-range planning for laboratory and departmental equipment maintenance and replacement. Assist in procurement of departmental equipment. Responsible for physical inventory of all equipment, and maintaining records of all equipment acquired, moved off-site, or discarded
  • Oversee and coordinate the use of centralized departmental facilities
  • Work with Facilities Engineering, Environmental Health and Safety, and Radiation Safety to ensure department facilities and laboratories are in compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations
  • Assist in writing the text of scientific publications and grants.  Review literature
  • Oversee and assist in the training of new laboratory personnel, students, and collaborators
  • Comply with all safety and infection control standards
  • Perform other duties as required



  • Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences, or equivalent experience
  • 5 years of relevant research experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner
  • Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems
This position description is provided by human resources as a generic summary of this position.  We are looking for this position to function as a lab manager who will oversee a specific laboratory and departmental operations.  Specific responsibilities include: Laboratory Manager Responsibilities
  •  Order, maintain and distribute reagents for the specific laboratory
  • Negotiate with different vendors for the best pricing for reagents/equipment
  • Maintain cell lines (NCI panels, ATCC and requested from other researchers) and plasmids
  • Evaluate and test new supplies and set up new instruments
  • Maintain all laboratory equipment including monitoring compressed N2 gas level of low oxygen cell culture incubator.
  • Assist post-doctoral fellows/graduate students with their research needs
  • Maintain and catalogue all laboratory chemicals, compressed gases and biological agents
  • Oversee research technicians and associates
  • Coordinate with Office of Technology Management and outside researchers for MTA agreements and shipping of research materials when requested
Departmental Responsbilities
  • Interact with School facilities departments or outside vendors for repair and maintenance issues
  • Maintain inventory of departmental cryopreserved samples 
  • Main contact person with facilities to manage all laboratories alterations, set up and break down for new and departing faculty
  • Supervise departmental shared research technicians and lab aids
  • Evaluate and test new supplies and set up new instruments
  • Act as the emergency contact for departmental freezers


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee



Supervise aides, technicians, and associates


Wet chemistry laboratory, and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals, and human specimens

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