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University of Massachusetts Amherst Research Fellow - Neurobiology in Amherst, Massachusetts

Research Fellow - Neurobiology

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Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)

Location: UMass Amherst



Categories: Temporary Non-Benefited, 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

Perform systems neurobiology research in rodent models using behavioral, anatomical, and genetic techniques.

Essential Functions

  • Daily work with mice, behavioral training and testing, including alcohol drinking and vapor chamber testing.

  • Histological assessment of rodent brain tissue including brightfield and immunofluorescence microscopy with quantitative and qualitative analyses.

  • Rodent stereotaxic surgery.

  • Animal colony management.

  • Laboratory inventory management and record keeping.

  • Completion and interpretation of quantitative assays.

  • Preparation of 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)

  • BA or BSc. Degree in Biology, Psychology or Neuroscience or related field.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary.

  • Experience in histology/tissue processing, microscopy, rodent behavioral testing and euthanasia.

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

Other recommended relevant experiences include working with supervising undergraduate students and good attention to detail.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Daily rodent handling, lifting cages and laboratory task.

Additional Details

  • This is a temporary, non-benefited, one year appointment.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm with occasional weekend or holiday work as necessary.

Salary Information

Starting at $38,000 depending on relevant experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application please submit a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Search may remain open until position is filled.

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: May 18 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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