Research Fellow in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Pak lab

Job description

Job no: 507483
Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Laboratory & Research, 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 Pak lab investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders using human patient derived cellular models and aims to develop novel experimental platforms to better understand synaptopathies. This research fellow will participate in research, contributing to active projects in the lab, in collaboration with current graduate students and staff. Research activities include human induced pluripotent stem cell culture and differentiation, genome engineering, biochemical and molecular assays.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Perform research in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry and tissue culture.
  • Contribute to data analysis and write ups/papers on completed research in cooperation with professorial supervisor.
  • Participate in group meetings.
  • Interact collegially with others in the laboratory, the Department, and elsewhere at the University.
  • Collaborate actively with lab members in the research projects.
  • 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. degree required in the field of molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry or neurobiology.
  • Experience with cell/molecular biology and biochemistry techniques (e.g. cell cultures of mammalian cells, molecular cloning, transfection/transduction, protein purification, western blotting).
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to follow protocols.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills including critical and analytical thinking.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment.
  • Prior experience with immunoprecipitation, mass spectrometry, protein purification, and/or CRISPR based functional genomic approaches preferred.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Ability to work in a lab environment.

Work Schedule

40 hours per week – flexible schedule.

Salary Information

Salary will commensurate with experience.

Additional Details

  • Professorial supervisor with allowance for considerable professional freedom.
  • May help mentor students.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Apply by May 1, 2021 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: Mar 25 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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Posted: 3/27/2021
Application Due: 5/26/2021
Work Type: Full Time