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Job Number: 2021-38588
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Med School
Department: School - Molecular Medicine - W400900
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 42
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: April 20, 2022


Our laboratory is seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual interested in a full-time salaried position as a Research Associate 1, conducting research in the areas of sensory biology and neuroscience. The Zhang lab is interested in the interplay between sensory biology and internal physiology. We are currently studying the mammalian taste pathway to understand how the nervous system integrates external and internal information to drive behavior and maintain homeostasis. The Research Associate 1 will learn state-of-the-art multidisciplinary techniques, including single-cell RNA sequencing, CRISPR-based animal engineering, viral targeting, calcium imaging, optogenetics, and animal behavior. Prior experience in neuroscience techniques in the mouse model is preferred.  Knowledge in programming and data analysis languages is preferred. The ideal candidate will actively seek to understand the science behind the experiments and work well both independently and in a team. The Research Associate 1 will receive mentorship from and work closely with the PI, Dr. Jin Zhang.  




  • Perform complex laboratory experiments
  • Conduct in-depth analysis of research experiments
  • Interpret data, form conclusions, and decide on and plan the next experiments to be done with a high degree of independence
  • Write standard operating procedures, schedule work, analyze data, maintain accurate records, and write reports
  • Compile and analyze data. Perform computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software
  • May modify protocols and be responsible for a single, independent research project
  • May assist with budget and/or operational aspects of grant and contract proposals
  • Assist in writing the text of scientific publications and grants.  Review literature
  • Train 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
  • 3 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


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee



May functionally supervise aides, technicians, and associates


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

Preferred Skills:

  • Mice brain steorotaxic injection
  • Animal (mice) surgery
  • Animal (mice) behavioral analysis
  • Calcium imaging
  • Single cell sequencing

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