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Research Associate
Job Number: 2020-35831
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Med School
Department: School - Molecular Medicine - Diabetes - W400950
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 40
Union Code: Non Union Position -W60- Non Unit Professional
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Dec. 15, 2020

GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:  

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Designee, the Research Associate performs a variety of complex research experiments.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join a dynamic research team in the area of stem cell biology and immunology.  The Research Associate will conduct cell culture experiments with stem cell- and primary tissue-derived cell populations, and closely interact with other lab members to design and execute projects. The individual will learn and apply molecular biology and immunology techniques on models of development and immune diseases.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in immunology, cell culture or molecular biology.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conducts in-depth analysis of research experiments
  • Performs complex laboratory experiments
  • Interprets data, forms conclusion, and decides on and plans next experiments to be done with a high degree of independence
  • Compiles and analyzes data and performs computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software
  • May modify protocols and be responsible for a single, independent research project
  • Assists in writing the text of scientific publications and grants.  Reviews literature
  • Trains new laboratory personnel, students, and collaborators
  • Maintains laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Complies with all safety and infection control standards
  • Perform other duties as required

Other responsibilities include-

  • Cell culture and immunological techniques (e.g. human iPSC/ESC or lymphocyte culture, FACS)
  • Molecular Biology to support plasmid generation
  • Characterization and manipulation of stem cell lines
  • Testing and troubleshooting new methods and equipment
  • Maintain meticulous records and organize reagents
  • Work closely in a team setting with other scientists to coordinate experiments 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, or equivalent experience
  • 1 year 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


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA/BS and research experience
  • Excellent communication, organizational and computer skills are essential
  • Excellent understanding of molecular biology skills in the areas of DNA and RNA processing
  • Attention to detail

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: 

May functionally supervise Lab Technicians and Aides

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:

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

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