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Research Fellow - Biology

Apply now Job no: 513928
Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biology
Union: Non-Benefited
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 quantitative histology on non-human primate brain tissue and systems neurobiology research in rodent models using behavioral, anatomical, and genetic techniques.


Essential Functions

  • Histological assessment of rodent and non-human primate brain tissue including brightfield and immunofluorescence microscopy. with quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Work with mice, behavioral training and testing.
  • 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, immunohistochemistry and microscopy.


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 laboratory tasks including histological processing and microscopy.


Additional Details

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


Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm with occasional weekend or holiday work as necessary.


Salary Information

Starting at $38,000 depending on experience.


Application Instructions

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


Additional Information

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.

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