University Of Massachusetts Amherst
The Woerman Lab (https: // www. woermanlab.com) 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.
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.
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.
40 hours per week with a flexible schedule.
This is a one year, renewable appointment depending on funding and performance.
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. (https: // www. cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion)