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Research Associate
Job Number: 2021-37203
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Med School
Department: School - Infectious Disease - W710060
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 40
Union Code: Non Union Position -W60- Non Unit Professional
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: May 19, 2021

GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The Ramirez-Ortiz lab focuses understanding the role of mammalian Scavenger Receptors (SR), Toll-like Receptors (TLRs) and Triggering Receptor expressed on Myeloid Cells (TREM) in innate immune responses to a myriad of danger molecules derived from foreign and self-host sources. Specifically, we study the role and molecular mechanism of this receptors in clearance of apoptotic cells. Failure of this essential process leads to the accumulation of apoptotic cells. Therefore, impaired apoptotic cell uptake results in the loss of immune self-tolerance and development of Systemic Lupus Erythematous.

Lab website: https://www.umassmed.edu/ramirezortizlab/

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

 

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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, or equivalent 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 QUALIFICATION:

  • Prior experience with Cell Biology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

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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