University of Massachusetts Medical School

Research Associate I

6 months ago
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The Horae Gene Therapy Center of the University of Massachusetts Medical School invites applications for research associate positions. Under limited supervision of the Principal Investigator or Designee, the responsibilities of research associates include but not limited to performing experiments and research specific experimental design, generating lab reports, and helping with data analysis and presentation.


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Associate I performs a variety of complex research experiments.


Major Reposibilities include-

  • Conducting experiments in molecular and cell biology
  • Cell culture, molecular cloning, nucleic acid purification, PCR/rt-qPCR, various blotting techniques, immunocytochemical staining, cell-based reporter assays, etc.
  • Assists in viral vector production, purification and quality control assays,
  • Maintain mouse colony and perform mouse experiments
  • Injection, sacrifice, dissection, immunohistochemical staining, microscopy using tissue sections, behavioral tests, etc.
  • Assists in managing animal study protocols for IACUC approval
  • Document all research information under government and university guidelines,
  • Perform general lab maintenance functions and other job-related duties as assigned.



  • Perform complex laboratory experiments
  • Conduct in-depth analysis of research experiments
  • Interpret data, form conclusions, and decide on and plan the next experiments to be done with a high degree of independence
  • Write standard operating procedures, schedule work, analyze data, maintain accurate records, and write reports
  • Compile and analyze data. Perform computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software
  • May modify protocols and be responsible for a single, independent research project
  • May assist with budget and/or operational aspects of grant and contract proposals
  • Assist in writing the text of scientific publications and grants.  Review literature
  • Train 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
  • 3 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


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee



May functionally supervise aides, technicians, and associates



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

Additional Information


UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SCHOOL The University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, has built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. As a research institution, UMMS attracts nearly $300 million annually in funding from government agencies, private groups, and philanthropic organizations.  Faculty members are nationally recognized authorities in areas ranging from cancer to diabetes to genetics and are regularly honored for their work.


As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMS recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds



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