Research Associate I - Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmaco

for University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA

Job Description



GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:

Under the direction of Principal Investigator or Designee, the Research Associate I assists in the synthesis of novel compounds. General areas of research include optical imaging reagents, enzyme substrates and inhibitors.

The Research Associate I writes standard operating procedures, assists with experimental design and reagent generation, schedules work, analyzes data, writes reports and maintains inventory. Complies with all safety and infection control standards appropriate to this position. Performs other related duties as required. Works with the Principal Investigator and other laboratory personnel harmoniously, cooperatively, and effectively.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

+ Perform complex laboratory experiments

+ Conduct in-depth analysis of research experiments

+ Interpret data, form conclusions, and decide on and plan the next experiments to be done with a high degree of independence

+ Write standard operating procedures, schedule work, analyze data, maintain accurate records, and write reports

+ Compile and analyze data. Perform computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software

+ May modify protocols and be responsible for a single, independent research project

+ May assist with budget and/or operational aspects of grant and contract proposals

+ Assist in writing the text of scientific publications and grants. Review literature

+ Train new laboratory personnel, students, and collaborators

+ Comply with all safety and infection control standards

+ Perform other duties as required

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

+ Bachelors degree in the Biological Sciences, or equivalent experience

+ 3 years of relevant research experience

+ Knowledge of Microsoft Office products

+ Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner

+ Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

+ Bachelor or Master degree in Chemistry

+ Three years full-time relevant research experience in synthetic organic chemistry

+ Fluency in organic chemistry transformations, synthetic procedures, and compound characterization

+ Experience in photophysical chemistry and/or biochemistry is desirable

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

May supervise/train technicians and other staff working in the lab.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Function semi-independently to assist the current personnel and Principal Investigator in design and execution of experiments, and in solving complex and unusual problems.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Manual dexterity to handle potentially hazardous chemicals and/or cleaners. Visual acuity to perform duties safely in a scientific laboratory.

Physical dexterity to lift 10-40 lb articles.

Must be able to carry out the essential functions of this position with reasonable accommodation if disabled.

ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:

Normal scientific laboratory conditions, may work with hazardous/radioactive materials and unpleasant odors.

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Working Title: Research Associate I - Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

Requisition Number: 2015-25433

Shift: Day

Exempt/Non-Exempt Status: Exempt

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