Research Fellow

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

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Job Details

Job no: 510801
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biology
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Research, College of Natural Sciences

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 Lab ( at UMass Amherst studies the role of protein misfolding in neurodegenerative disease. We are specifically focused on the proteins tau and a-synuclein, which cause Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, respectively. The lab is extramurally funded from several sources. We are recruiting a motivated research fellow to support research on these grants as an animal technician and lab manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for mouse colony maintenance and genotyping, as well as neurological exams on experimental animals, and laboratory management, which will include overseeing undergraduate lab assistants. In additional to providing organizational and laboratory support, the research fellow will aid other lab members in immunohistochemistry analysis of experimental samples. There will also be opportunities for the research fellow to work independently on their own research project. The selected candidate must exhibit exceptional organization and communication skills, as well as the ability to work well with a team. One year initial appointment with reappointment contingent upon performance and funding availability.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Oversee mouse colony maintenance and genotyping and perform neurological assessments on experimental animals.
  • Assist lab members with aseptic survival surgeries and tissue collection
  • Aid in processing, embedding, and cutting formalin-fixed tissue.
  • Maintain lab inventory and order research supplies, as well as maintain lab equipment
  • Contribute to data collection, analysis, and publications on completed research in cooperation with other lab members.
  • Managing undergraduate lab assistants with data input and lab maintenance (i.e., dishes, autoclaving, stocking, etc.).
  • Actively collaborate and support other team members.
  • Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.
  • The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to perform wet lab research in addition.
  • Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • BA/BS in neuroscience, immunology, cell biology, or a related field
  • At least 2-3 years relevant lab experience using the techniques or methods required for the position.
  • Rodent handling experience.
  • Familiarity with common laboratory techniques and equipment.
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a breeding colony of transgenic mice and coordinate genotyping
  • 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

    40 hours per week with a flexible schedule.

    Additional Information

    This is a one year, renewable appointment depending on funding and performance.

    Salary Information

    Salary commensurate with experience.

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Please submit letter of application, CV and contact information for three references.

    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: Nov 9 2021 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close:


    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

    As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

    Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

    The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

    As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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