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Research Fellow (Lab Technician) - Biomedical Engineering

Apply now Job no: 508688
Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: 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

The Cornelison Group - Biomedical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst - studies fluid dynamics and biomechanics in the context of spinal cord injury. This research fellow will lead a supervised research project in collaboration with current students and staff. Research activities include aseptic surgical techniques, intravital imaging, and rodent husbandry and post-operative care in a model of spinal cord injury. For more information about the Cornelison Group, visit


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Perform research in the areas of neuroscience, fluid mechanics, and neural tissue engineering.
  • Contribute to data collection, analysis, and write ups/papers on completed research in cooperation with professorial supervisor.
  • Participate in group meetings and journal clubs.
  • Interact collegially with others in the laboratory, the Department, and elsewhere at the University.
  • Collaborate actively with lab members.

Other functions:

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the laboratory.


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

  • B.S. Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, or other closely related field.
  • Experience or interest in learning intravital imaging, image analysis, rodent handling and husbandry, and aseptic surgical techniques.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to follow protocols.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, including critical and analytical thinking.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment.


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

  • Prior experience with surgical techniques and/or husbandry in rats strongly preferred.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Ability to work in a lab environment.


Work Schedule

20-40 hours per week – flexible schedule.


Salary Information

Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Additional Details

  • Professorial supervisor with allowance for considerable professional freedom.
  • May help mentor students.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Apply by June 20, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. 

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, we seek 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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