University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Research Associate I

    Minimum Salary US-MA-Worcester
    Job Location 2 weeks ago(10/31/2019 1:17 PM)
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  • Overview



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


    We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join a dynamic research team in the area of stem cell biology and immunology.  The Research Associate will develop cell based assays for testing of immune cell function. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in methods such as flow cytometry, cell culture and other immunological assays. Analysis methods of experiments at times involves next generation sequencing technologies, and experience in molecular biology (e.g. molecular cloning, next generation library preparation) is a plus.  


    Key Responsibilities Include:

    • Molecular cloning and DNA/RNA preparations
    • Mammalian cell culture maintenance and cell-based assays
    • Hands-on experience with functional assay development and optimization.
    • Standard molecular and cell biology techniques (e.g. RT-qPCR, Western blotting, cell line engineering, CRISPR)
    • immune cell characterization techniques (e.g. ELISA, lymphocyte activation, flow cytometry).
    • Maintain detailed lab notebook
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Work both independently and collaboratively to implement novel laboratory processes and solve challenging technical problems
    • Collaborate with others to select





    • 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

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • BS or MS in relevant discipline with 1-2 years of experience
    • Experience with cell culture or cell-based assays
    • Experience in flow cytometry
    • Ability to troubleshoot and develop/optimize assays
    • Attention to detail and careful record-keeping
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects
    • Flexible team player
    • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and perform in new areas and implement new techniques
    • Must be highly motivated in a fast paced environment


    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.


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