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Research Associate III
Job Number: 2021-38811
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Chan Medical School
Department: School - Neurology - W832500
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 42
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Nov. 24, 2022


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


Dr. Gao's laboratory studies pathogenic mechanism of age-dependent dementia and motor neuron diseases. Under the direction of the Principle Investigator, the Research Associate-I is expected to take care of Drosophila stocks, perform genetic crosses, phenotypic analysis, and other genetic and molecular experiments independently for some projects and in collaboration for other projects. 



  • Perform complex laboratory experiments and may be responsible for one or more independent research projects
  • Utilize all software relevant to experiment and equipment used
  • Interpret data, form conclusions and decide on next steps with a significant degree of independence while under the direction of the PI or designee
  • Maintain accurate records, may modify protocols with the approval of the PI or designee
  • Review literature, publications and grants relevant to assigned projects
  • Record results according to established lab, sponsor & university protocol
  • Perform in-depth data analysis and/or mathematical computations
  • Maintain a detailed lab notebook according to lab practice
  • Compile and analyze data, and present in a format suitable for publication according to PI specifications
  • Present findings at lab/group meetings and other forums
  • May oversee laboratory supply levels and order as noted; negotiate with suppliers to optimize available resources
  • Monitor laboratory equipment service contracts and monitor maintenance on laboratory equipment
  • Prepare and label buffers, media, solutions, etc.
  • Assist with and comply with all safety regulation and infection control standards
  • Train on IACUC, IRB, EHS, Radiation safety protocols; may write standard operation procedures in compliance to protocols and specific regulations for the lab
  • Comply with all applicable state, federal university, and sponsor policies and agreements
  • May manage general operations of the laboratory, including lab personnel, procedures and projects
  • Identify problems and challenges, propose resolutions, implement appropriate solutions
  • May create new protocols and/or modify defined protocols, as necessary, and with the approval of the PI
  • Prioritize and perform several tasks or procedures simultaneously with attention to detail
  • Perform duties and experiments with independence
  • Provide training of new lab personnel
  • May monitor laboratory spending in accordance with budgets guidelines provided by PI or designee
  • May assist with budget and/or operational aspects of grant and contract funding
  • May assist with drafting manuscripts sections
  • Perform other duties as required



  • Bachelors degree in Biological or Natural Science and 3+ years of relevant research experience or a related Masters degree with 1 year of relevant research experience.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner
  • Ability to work in a team environment


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.

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