Research Fellow - Woerman Lab

Job description

Research Fellow - Woerman Lab

Job no: 501420
Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biology
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Woerman laboratory is hiring a motivated scientist with a background in biology or neuroscience to work as a research fellow. Research in the Woerman lab focuses on understanding protein misfolding in neurodegenerative disease. More specifically, we are focused on the proteins tau and a-synuclein, which cause Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, respectively, and use both rodent and cell models to investigate disease pathogenesis. The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for laboratory management, including assisting with mouse colony maintenance and genotyping, plasmid design and cloning, and cell line development. In addition to providing organizational and laboratory support, the research fellow will learn to work independently on her/his own research project. The selected candidate must exhibit exceptional organization and communication skills, as well as the ability to work well with a team.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Assist lab members with ordering research supplies and maintaining equipment and standing orders
  • Create new DNA plasmids, requiring: primer design, PCR, cloning, gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, and plasmid purification
  • Generate stable cell lines using DNA plasmids via antibiotic selection
  • Aid in characterizing newly made cell lines by Western blot analysis and immunocytochemistry
  • Assist with mouse colony maintenance and genotyping
  • Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.
  • Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • BA/BS in neuroscience, immunology, cell biology, or a related field
  • At least 1-2 years relevant lab experience using the techniques or methods required for the position
  • Familiarity with common laboratory techniques, including the ability to clone plasmids and develop stable cell lines
  • Ability to maintain a well-organized laboratory notebook
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a team in addition to being a motivated individual capable of independent problem solving
  • Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience working in a BSL-2 laboratory
  • Rodent handling experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication, organizational, and record-keeping skills
  • Enthusiasm and scientific curiosity for neurodegenerative disease research
  • Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    This position requires working in a BSL-2 and ABSL-2 laboratory.

    Work Schedule

    Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

    Salary Information

    Dependent upon experience.

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Please submit a resume/CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references by August 23, 2019 to ensure priority consideration. Position may remain open until filled.

    As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Jul 22 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Dec 31 2019 Eastern Standard Time




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    Posted: 7/25/2019
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