Technical Assistant I U of M - Remage-Healy Lab

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Psychology and Brain Sci
Pay Grade: 11
Categories: Laboratory & 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 Technician will work with the Principal Investigator to directly support and carry out experiments.


Essential Functions

  • Full time laboratory technician for the Healey lab.
  • Coordinating animal care and housing.
  • Ordering lab supplies.
  • Upkeep of the lab.
  • Assisting with / carrying out independent experiments.
  • Primary advanced responsibilities include training and troubleshooting with behavioral experiments, immunocytochemistry, brain sectioning, preparing solutions, surgical assistance, and neural tracing experiments.   


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)

  • Experience with small animal care and handling.
  • Background in neuroscience including coursework and general readings.
  • Certification with animal research and surgical techniques.


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

  • Songbird/zebra finch experience.
  • Prior work handling brain sections and immunocytochemistry.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions



Additional Details

This person will acquire skills in:

Immunocytochemistry, pipetting, brain sectioning, animal health checks, preparing solutions, engagement with laboratory research practices, participation in weekly lab meetings, histological preparations, surgical assistance, neural tract tracing and microscopy.


Work Schedule

37.5 hours per week


Salary Information

Grade 11


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit letter of application, resume and contact information for 3 references.  One year grant funded position. Reappointment contingent upon performance and availability of funding.


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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