Laboratory Research Assistant - Biomedical & Nutritional Science

Lowell, MA
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 494105
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Biomed & Nutritional Sciences
Salary: Salary range $40,000-$45,000, commensurate with experience
Applications Open: Feb 27 2018
Applications Close: Open until filled

General Summary of Position:

The Kelleher Lab is focused on understanding how diet, genetics and environmental factors affect 1) lactation, milk composition and breast function; and 2) gut development, function, and host-microbe interactions in the neonate. Under the supervision of Professor Kelleher and her research team, the successful applicant will conduct work using cell culture and molecular biology techniques, mouse models and biochemical analyses, and clinical samples. The Research Assistant will carry out essential research support functions in the laboratory, including but not limited to the following: Maintaining cultured cells and performing experiments requiring knowledge of aseptic laboratory techniques; Preparing tissue samples for analysis, including embedding, sectioning and staining of tissues, and performing various biochemical assays; Receiving and preparing samples for analysis from human subjects, including staining cells for FACS, analyzing milk-derived components, and prepping samples for sequencing; Extracting DNA and RNA, performing PCR and qPCR; Breeding, genotyping and assisting with experiments in small rodents; Preparing chemical solutions and media; Performing standard experimental tests and procedures and recording results of experiments according to standard laboratory techniques; Managing supplies and reagents, ordering, coordinating equipment repair.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):
  • Bachelor's degree in a life science discipline with 1-2 years laboratory experience
  • Experience using computer-based tools (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a life science discipline with 1-3 years laboratory experience
  • Experience working with small animal models (rodents)
  • Experience with clinical research

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

Please include a resume, cover letter and publication list with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application. Submission of research interest is optional.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.


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