Laboratory Research Assistant

Amherst, MA
Feb 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full-time, 35 hours per week, grant-funded position, grade 14, $15.00 per hour

The Research Assistant assists with ongoing laboratory research projects under the direction of PI Michael Hood in the Biology Department. The Research Assistant takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

This is a one-year term position with the possibility of an extension of one year.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities may include the maintenance, storage, and curation of fungal cell cultures, microscopy, and basic molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA extraction).
  • May include greenhouse and possibly field work in the form of preparing and monitoring experimental plants.
  • General lab maintenance and assistance with ordering of supplies, as well as the organization and some analyses of data.



  • BS in Biology or related field
  • Laboratory experience in areas of ecological and/or evolutionary biology
  • Effective organizational and communication skill


  • Research laboratory experience in areas of molecular, ecological and evolutionary biology, involving plants and/or fungi

Environmental & Physical Demands

  • Exposure to biology laboratory conditions requiring standard laboratory health and safety procedures.
  • Limited lifting/transporting, pushing, pulling, and/or carrying objects up to 35 pounds.
  • Requires frequent/repetitive standing and walking.
  • Repetitive motions include hands, wrists and fingers
  • Visual – normal concentration.
  • May involve field work either locally or at sites away from Amherst.

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (e-mail and/or telephone number) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live!


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