University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Research Associate

    Minimum Salary US-MA-Worcester
    Job Location 2 weeks ago(10/31/2019 1:02 PM)
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    Non Union Position -W60- Non Unit Professional
  • Overview

    General Summary of the Position 


    We are seeking a highly motivated and organized Research Associate to join us in developing new cures for intestinal nematode parasites (soil-transmitted helminths) and thereby advancing Global Health. Our laboratory is a world leader in studying and finding new cures for hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm parasites that are major causes of poverty worldwide with an estimated 1.5 billion children and women requirement treatment.   This is truly an opportunity to make a major positive impact in the world.  Enthusiastic candidates passionate about global health are encouraged to apply!


    The selected candidate will work with the life-cycle of parasitic nematodes and participate in treatment studies with research professor and postdoctoral fellows to develop and take to the clinic desperately needed new and more potent cures (80%). Selected candidate will also participate in general laboratory maintenance, including working with a state-of-the-art worm sorter and preparation/maintenance of reagents for general laboratory use (20%).




    • 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
    • 1 year 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 Lab Technicians and Aides



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

    Additional Information


    A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably with formal study in molecular biology, biochemistry or chemistry. The candidate must be hard-working, responsible, organized and have strong communication and interpersonal skills, and be willing to work in a highly collaborative and open research environment.

    This is a full time position with flexible hours and offers competitive salary/fringe benefits, commensurate with experience. Applications from more senior research scientists and laboratory managers are also welcome.


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