Research Associate I

Job Description

The Horae Gene Therapy Center of the University of Massachusetts Medical School invites applications for research associate positions. Under limited supervision, the responsibilities of research associates include but not limited to performing experiments and research specific experimental design, generating lab reports, and helping with data analysis and presentation, conducting experiments in molecular and cell biology (molecular cloning, nucleic acid purification, PCR/rt-qPCR, various blotting techniques, immunocytochemical staining, cell-based reporter assays, etc.), recombinant viral vector production, purification and quality control assays, maintaining mouse colony and performing mouse experiments (injection, sacrifice, dissection, immunohistochemical staining, microscopy using tissue sections, behavioral tests, etc.), preparing and managing animal study protocols for IACUC approval, documenting all research information under government and university guidelines, perform general lab maintenance functions, and other job-related duties as assigned. Minimum requirements include B.A./B.S. in scientific field and knowledge, skill sets and research experience in molecular biology, immuno-based assays, cell culture, animal research and colony management, tissue processing for immunohistochemistry and fluorescence microscopy required. Outstanding organization and communication skills (both oral and writing) required. Position title and salary will be flexible and based upon educational background and experience.


A full list of Major Responsibilities as well as required qualifications is noted below. To be considered for this position please apply directly online by the link provided.





  • Perform complex laboratory experiments
  • Conduct in-depth analysis of research experiments
  • Interpret data, form conclusions, and decide on and plan the next experiments to be done with a high degree of independence
  • Write standard operating procedures, schedule work, analyze data, maintain accurate records, and write reports
  • Compile and analyze data. Perform computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software
  • May modify protocols and be responsible for a single, independent research project
  • May assist with budget and/or operational aspects of grant and contract proposals
  • Assist in writing the text of scientific publications and grants. Review literature
  • Train new laboratory personnel, students, and collaborators
  • Comply with all safety and infection control standards
  • Perform other duties as required.




  • Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences, or equivalent experience
  • 3 years of relevant research experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner
  • Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee



May functionally supervise aides, technicians, and associates



Wet chemistry laboratory, and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals, and human specimens.

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