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Research Associate -$2,000 Sign on bonus

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester County, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Jan 30, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Designee, the Research Associate performs a variety of complex research experiments.



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.

Additional Information:


The Yemini Lab () in the Department of Neurobiology at UMass Chan is looking for a Research Associate.

The Yemini lab performs systems-level investigations of neuronal development, analyzes whole-brain activity and behavior, and develops novel neuroscientific methods. The position will provide exposure to multiple aspects of Neurobiology and experience in state-of-the-art techniques ().

The primary responsibilities comprise of:

Conducting research. The majority of the time will be dedicated to research that is carried out independently or in conjunction with other lab members.

Organizing the lab. Initially, a portion of time will be spent helping to organize the lab, including setting up new equipment, ordering supplies, organizing reagents and when necessary, training new lab members in basic animal handling and molecular biology. We are hiring a lab manager and they will take over these responsibilities in due course.

Outcomes and opportunities include:

Training in cutting-edge genetics, molecular biology, imaging, and neurobiology techniques.

Authorship on publications.

Working with an inclusive, interactive, innovative, and happy group of C. elegans researchers.

Participation in an exciting and diverse department focused on neurodegeneration, repair, development, systems biology, glia, sleep, addiction, and circuits. Research within the department is carried out in many types of animals that range from invertebrates to primates.

We welcome candidates who:

Are transitioning from undergraduate biology to graduate school or have significant research experience; mature researchers are welcome and encouraged to apply

Are willing to commit to a long-term position of at least 1.5 years, and preferably longer

Have worked with molecular cloning techniques or C. elegans; however, this is not a prerequisite.
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