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Research Associate - $2,000 Sign on bonus
Job Number: 2022-40867
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Chan Medical School
Department: School - Molecular Cell & Cancer Biology - W495000
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 40
Union Code: Non Union Position -W60- Non Unit Professional
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Sept. 22, 2022


We currently have an opening for a Research Associate to join the laboratory of Dr. Michelle Kelliher at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The Kelliher lab studies how leukemia develops using genetically engineered mouse models and patient derived xenografts. We are focused on understanding the molecular and cellular basis of chemoresistance and relapse in an effort to develop novel therapeutic approaches. Our lab uses innovative mouse modeling approaches and single cell sequencing and chromatin accessibility methods to identify features of leukemic stem or initiating cells thought to mediate relapse. This position offers opportunities for career development, including possibly designing and executing independent experiments which could lead to publication.



  • 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.


  • 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


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee



May functionally supervise Lab Technicians and Aides


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

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Mouse experience is highly desired but not required
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to perform complex tasks effectively and independently with general instruction
  • Ability to work in a team-focused environment
  • Excellent communication and computer skills

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