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Research Associate II
Job Number: 2022-39332
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Chan Medical School
Department: School - Molecular Medicine - W400900
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 44
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Aug. 1, 2022


The successful candidate will join a dynamic laboratory group that includes graduate students, postdoctoral fellows with PhD or MD degrees and staff scientists devoted to unraveling the molecular mechanisms associated with metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Exciting new results obtained by the laboratory have now enabled major long-term funding by the NIH and Department of Defense to advance the team’s work towards therapeutic strategies to prevent and cure type 2 diabetes and other related diseases. We seek new team members with enthusiasm for science and the transformative possibilities that come with new technologies such as RNAi and CRISPR as applied to conquer human disease. 

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


  • Experience (or willingness) in enthusiastically applying skills in molecular and cell biology to such methods as RT-PCR, Protein Chemistry, Light sheet and other types of microscopy and metabolic assays in both in vitro and in vivo model systems.
  • Experience (or willingness) in using a variety of mouse models that are available in our laboratory for testing and advancing therapeutic strategies for type 2 diabetes and other diseases. 


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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