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Research Specialist
Job Number: 2022-40228
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Chan Medical School
Department: School - Anesthesiology - W822900
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 43
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Jan. 23, 2023


Dr. Muschs research lab focus will be in respiratory physiology applied to mechanical ventilation. The long-term objective of this research is to improve mechanical ventilatory management of patients with acute lung injury. To this end, the successful candidate will employ both traditional molecular biology techniques (ELISA, PCR including QRT-PCR, Western blotting, Immunoprecipitation) and novel imaging methodologies, mainly based on positron emission tomography (PET) and bioluminescence, to study new mechanisms of ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) and the effect of interventions to reduce VILI.

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Specialist conducts and evaluates scientific research in a laboratory, clinic, and/or teaching environment (hereafter referred to as “laboratory”)  Employees in this position understand the context and implications of the research in order to apply and interpret theoretical knowledge necessary to conduct research in one or more scientific disciplines. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: project planning, data collection and analysis, project management, preparing reports, and communication and instruction.  Work may include the training and supervision of staff, students and others in performing specific techniques/experiments.




  • Conduct various complex tests, experiments and/or procedures following protocols of assigned research projects
  • Apply and interpret theoretical knowledge necessary to conduct research in one or more scientific disciplines
  • Identify potential problems, recommend and implement solutions, and collaborate in the development of new techniques
  • Monitor and collect data as required by research protocols
  • Maintain appropriate documentation of research results, as required by research protocols.
  • Search literature demonstrating an understanding of scientific, experimental and/or research theory to assist in the design of methods, procedures, and techniques
  • May configure, operate and/or maintain specialized equipment
  • May use software applications to assemble, manipulate, format and/or perform statistical analysis of data
  • May train others in laboratory techniques and the use of laboratory equipment
  • May assist in writing grants, progress reports, and manuscripts
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Ph.D. and 1 year of postdoctoral experience
  • Recent bench work experience required
  • Ability to prepare research reports
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to understanding scientific, experimental and or research theory


  • Prior experience in research lab operations and familiarity with biochemical assays
  • Analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data and to communicate data in a clear, concise manner.
  • Computer literacy including the ability to use a variety of software packages to analyze data.


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee


May direct other lab staff and students. 


The position involves work in a laboratory and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals and human specimens

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