Research Fellow in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Job description

Job no: 506583
Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Union: Non-Benefited
Categories: Laboratory & 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

To perform research as determined mutually by position occupant and professorial supervisor.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • To be engaged in all aspects of planning and carrying out research, including designing experiments, collecting data, analyzing data, and helping to write up results for publication.
  • Write reports and/or papers on completed research in cooperation with professorial supervisor.
  • Maintain literature awareness of research area.
  • Participate in group and divisional seminar in field(s) of study.
  • Interact collegially with others in the laboratory, the Department, and elsewhere at the University.
  • Collaborate with professorial supervisor in the preparation of research proposals as necessary.
  • Maintain laboratory apparatus as applicable in the best possible order; look up catalog numbers and cost of needed research items.
  • Responsible for laboratory safety issues.
  • Coordinate general supplies purchasing.
  • Maintain laboratory databases.
  • Prepare common laboratory solutions and reagents.
  • 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)

  • B.S. or B.A. degree required in Biochemistry or related field.
  • Intellectual curiosity, a working knowledge, and certain expertise in the research area under consideration.
  • Manual dexterity and laboratory skills consistent with the research being performed.
  • Initiative and drive.
  • Ability to communicate ideas to others.
  • Scientific creativity.
  • Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    Ability to work in a lab environment.

    Work Schedule

    40 hours per week – flexible schedule.

    Salary Information

    Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Additional Details

    • Professorial supervisor with allowance for considerable professional freedom.
    • Will supervise an average of three student employees at any given time.

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Apply by November 15, 2020 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

    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: Oct 20 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
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