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University of Massachusetts Amherst Departmental Assistant - Laboratory of Medical Zoology ELISA in Amherst, Massachusetts

Departmental Assistant - Laboratory of Medical Zoology ELISA

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Work type:Hourly

Location:UMass Amherst



Categories:Temporary Non-Benefited, 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

Conducts laboratory testing and field experimentation procedures in support of research on tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases in the Laboratory of Dr. Stephen Rich. Applicant should have experience conducting research, maintaining meticulous notes and able to solve problems. The incumbent must have ability to work independently and as part of a team of students and technicians to meet demands of laboratory experimentation.

Essential Functions

  • Perform ELISA and other assays to detect antigen/antibody binding.

  • Conduct serological testing of human and animal samples.

  • Assist in maintenance of laboratory colonies of live ticks (requires feeding ticks on live lab animals).

  • Perform general maintenance and operational duties in lab and field.

  • Participate in routine lab cleaning and maintenance (glassware, instrument service, ordering, etc.).

  • Order laboratory stocks (chemistry, disposable plastic wear, etc.).

  • Perform other related duties as assigned by Principal Investigator.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • B.S. in Biology or related field (eg. Microbiology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Public Health etc.) or an equivalent combination of education and training

  • General knowledge of biology, with experience performing and optimizing ELISA assays

  • Strong communication skills (written and spoken word) are essential

  • Trouble shooting and problem-solving ability

  • Willingness to accept instruction and adapt to circumstances as they arise

  • Good organizational and record keeping skills

  • Familiarity with spreadsheets and/or database software

Additional Details

Training in specific techniques to work with ticks, mosquitoes and associated pathogens will be provided. It is expected that the incumbent will contribute to honing and improving efficiencies of these methods over time.

Work Schedule

Schedule may vary. Some weekend and evening hours can be expected. (40 hours per week)

Salary Information

$19.00 per hour

Non-benefited, temporary six-month position

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a 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 18 2019Eastern Daylight Time

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