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Research Assistant

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Research Assistant position. The Research Assistant is a full-time, one-year term position, job group and level RI-1. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Research Assistant will support all of our laboratory's efforts to investigate molecular mechanisms underlying regulation of bacterial gene expression that are critical to host-microbe interactions. This is a 1-year, term position, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, that may be extended for a second year, contingent upon funding availability. We focus on two bacterial systems: Vibrio cholerae, which we study in the context of a Drosophila as a model host, and Vibrio fischeri. We use a variety of approaches, including molecular techniques (PCR, DNA extraction, and cloning), microbial genetics, confocal microscopy, gene expression assays, metabolic measurements, and Drosophila survival assays to understand the regulation of novel mechanisms that underlie microbial virulence and symbiosis in these systems. The Research Assistant will have the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the lab's activities, and will assist with lab management and fly maintenance on a limited basis as well. In addition, the Research Assistant will work closely with a diverse set of undergraduate students in the laboratory to ensure that students are properly trained and working safely with molecular biology protocols. Lastly, the Research Assistant will take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and carry out experiments
  • Maintain thorough records of all experimental results
  • Maintain and update research protocols, including updating of safety information
  • Reading primary literature to assist in the development of experiments
  • Maintain Drosophila stocks

Training a diverse set of undergraduate researchers in fundamental laboratory techniques

Laboratory management
  • Perform ordering and laboratory organization
  • Maintain and update lab safety protocols and records

  • B.S. or B.A. in biology, molecular biology, or an associated field
  • Knowledge/experience with techniques in molecular biology
  • Knowledge/experience with techniques in microbiology
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, time management, and organizational skills
  • Skill at troubleshooting laboratory techniques
  • Ability to adhere to and instruct others on proper laboratory safety practices
  • Commitment to working in a diverse community
  • Coursework in microbiology
  • Experience in a research laboratory focusing on molecular biology or microbiology

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents in the first step of the application process. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Posted: 2021-04-30 Expires: 2021-06-01

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