Research Fellow Position

RESEARCH FELLOW, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

The Fritz-Laylin Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass, Amherst) seeks a Research Fellow. The Fritz-Laylin lab studies cell movement at the interface of evolutionary biology and cell biology (see for more information). The initial responsibilities of the Research Fellow will focus on setting up the lab, including ordering supplies, interfacing with venders, and designing lab-wide organization systems. The successful candidate will also work with the PI to establish protocols and cell lines, and collect and analyze data using various cell migration assays and microscopy methods.

This is a non-benefited, full-time position. Initial appointment is for one year; reappointment beyond the first year is contingent upon availability of funding and job performance. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Management management of lab inventory, including placing orders, and following up to make sure they are delivered correctly; preparation of solutions, reagents, and media; developing and maintaining database of frozen cell lines and other biological reagents; growing cells, and learning to recognize when they are healthy or sick; acquiring and analyzing microscopy data; writing detailed protocols for newly-learned lab techniques. Active participation in laboratory meetings is required of all lab members.

The successful candidate is required to have a B.S. in biology or a related field. Also required are impeccable record keeping and excellent communication skills (phone, email, in person), excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a team. Preference may be given to candidates with experience in cell culture, molecular biology, microscopy, and/or phylogenetics. Salary commensurate with experience.

Candidates must apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, and the contact details of three references willing to provide letters of recommendation to:

Review of applications will begin June 28 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by June 28 will be given priority consideration.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. 

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