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Research Fellow - Katz Lab

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Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biology
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Laboratory & Research, 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 Description

The laboratory technician/research fellow will assist in ongoing research related to neurogenesis and cell atlas mapping in the nudibranch Berghia stephanieae under the guidance and supervision of the Principle Investigator, Dr. Paul Katz. The technician will perform cell isolations and help in generation of single cell RNA sequencing. The employee will be involved in the development of new protocols for introducing genes into molluscan cells. There is a possibility for the employee to develop an independent research project and become a co-author on research publications. The employee will be expected to assistant and train undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs entering the lab.


Essential Functions

  • Performing PCR, cell isolation, in situ labeling.
  • Fixing, staining, and embedding nudibranch tissue.
  • Confocal fluorescence microscopy.
  • Working with collaborators to generate single cell transcriptomes.
  • Analyzing data and making data publicly available upon publication of results.
  • Training lab personnel in experimental techniques.
  • Performing some level of care and feeding of invertebrates.


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)

  • BS in Biology, Molecular Biology, or related field required by the time of hire.
  • Knowledge of and experience with molecular and cellular techniques.
  • Knowledge of and experience with fluorescence microscopy.


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

  • Interest in neuroscience, specifically neurodevelopment.
  • Familiarity with invertebrate nervous systems.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Standard laboratory conditions.
  • Applicant must be capable of doing dissections under microscope.


Work Schedule

  • Full time, benefited position.
  • Flexible timing must be available for meetings during the work week.


Salary Information

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Range $40,000 - $60,000 annually.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with application, please submit a letter of application and resume. References will be checked at the finalist stage. Please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Early submissions are encouraged.

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, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination 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 UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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