Research Associate

Jul 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Associate

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
We are looking to hire an enthusiastic and highly motivated Laboratory Manager/Research Associate to join the young, dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Biology & Biotechnology

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Primary management responsibilities include maintenance of laboratory databases, biological samples, research supplies, and equipment, purchasing and accounting, personnel training, and research project support.

    Our interdisciplinary neuroscience/bioengineering lab studies the neural and genetic basis of behavior using the nematode C. elegans as a model system. Opportunities are available to support research in these areas. Some current projects include development of nematode models of human neuropsychiatric disorders for drug screening, whole-brain imaging of stimulated neural activity, understanding the role of neural variability, and studying neural changes during learning and sleep.

    Optional career-building growth opportunities include student mentoring, community outreach, management of the WPI MicroFabrication Lab (MFL), scientific writing, and/or networking with collaborators at UMass Medical School, the local Worcester and Boston scientific communities, and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole.

    Join our supportive, dynamic team environment and exciting, challenging projects!

    Position Requirements

  • - A bachelor’s degree in biology, bioengineering, or related field, with prior laboratory experience.
    - Strong organizational skills.
    - Good social and scientific English communication.
    - Proficiency in basic lab and database management, general worm maintenance, and molecular biology techniques is a plus; otherwise, the desire to learn these skills is essential.

    The successful candidate will be able to:
    - manage multiple, ongoing projects and responsibilities,
    - lead and direct others,
    - work independently and as a part of a successful team.

    Posting Date: 07/24/2017

    Open Until Filled: Yes

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    EEO Information:
    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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    WPI, the nation's third oldest private technological university, established in 1865 by New England industrialists John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn consists of 80 acres set in a safe, residential section of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second largest city in New England—home to 13 colleges, and situated 40 miles west of Boston.


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