Environmental Health Sciences Research Technician

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Work type: Hourly
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Environmental Health Sciences
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
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 Research Technician will engage in research activities related to a NIEHS K99/R00 award focused on reducing dietary exposure to PFAS and mitigating their associated toxicity using clay-based sorbent materials. The positions require general knowledge of analytical chemistry, cell biology, bioassay models, animal models, and data analysis.


Essential Functions

  • Conducting experiments in cell and animal models, following protocol.
  • Maintaining routine cultures of living organisms in the lab according to established protocols.
  • Operating analytical equipment, such as HPLC, LC-MS/MS, SEM, etc, in accordance with protocol.
  • Analyzing data from experiments.
  • Assisting in lab management tasks, such as ordering supplies, managing inventory, responding to lab inspections, etc.


Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


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

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant fields such as toxicology, biomedical sciences, environmental health, public health, etc. 
  • Previous experience in primary cell culture and animal work. 
  • Clear oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to conduct independent research and exhibit problem-solving skills. 
  • Organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task and prioritize work assignment. 


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment.


Work Schedule

  • 40 hours/week, Monday - Friday; Variable Schedule.
  • This is a temporary, non-benefited position.


Salary Information

  • $18.00/hour


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit three letters of recommendation or names and contact information for three references. Applicants should also include a cover letter detailing their interest in the lab and past research experience. 


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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