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Research Associate III
Job Number: 2023-42609
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: 42
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Jan. 23, 2023


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI) or designee, the Research Associate III performs a variety of research experiments with independence. This position may provide general operational management to the lab and its personnel.




  • 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

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