University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Research Associate I

at University of Massachusetts Medical School

Posted: 11/4/2018
Job Reference #: 31896
Keywords: research, laboratory

Job Description

  • Minimum SalaryUS-MA-Worcester
    Job Location4 weeks ago(11/14/2018 1:51 PM)
    Requisition Number
    2018-31896
    # of Openings
    1
    Posted Date
    Day
    Shift
    Exempt
  • Overview

    GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:

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

    We are seeking an exceptional, highly-motivated and proactive individual to join our group as a mammalian cell culture specialist with the ability to perform molecular biology and biochemistry experiments. The position’s responsibilities will include designing and performing experiments, processing, interpreting and reporting data.

    Responsibilities

    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • 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.

    Qualifications

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    • 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

    ADDITIONAL SKILLS:

    Cellular Biology

    • Growing and maintaining cell lines and primary cells
    • Transfecting/ transducing cell lines and downstream characterization experiments
    • Lysing cells for protein analysis techniques

    Molecular Biology

    • General DNA and RNA manipulation technologies
    • PCR, qPCR, restriction digests, site-directed mutagenesis, RNA and DNA isolation, vector construction knowledge/ expertise
    • Gel electrophoresis, sequence analysis, nanodrop quantitation of nucleic acids
    • Transient transfection and lentiviral transduction, siRNA and shRNA techniques
    • General protein manipulation technologies
    • Western blotting, Immunoprecipitation and ELISA
    • immunofluorescence

    Other

    • Expertise in data analysis and presentation software: MS Powerpoint, MS Excel, MS Word, GraphPad Prism.
    • Be able to perform data analysis, data quality control and data interpretation

    SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

    Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee

    SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

    May functionally supervise aides, technicians, and associates

    ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:

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