Research Specialist
University of Massachusetts Medical School - Worcester, MA

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Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Specialist conducts and evaluates scientific research in a laboratory, clinic, and/or teaching environment (hereafter referred to as “laboratory”) Employees in this position understand the context and implications of the research in order to apply and interpret theoretical knowledge necessary to conduct research in one or more scientific disciplines. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: project planning, data collection and analysis, project management, preparing reports, and communication and instruction. Work may include the training and supervision of staff, students and others in performing specific techniques/experiments.

Conduct various complex tests, experiments and/or procedures following protocols of assigned research projects
Apply and interpret theoretical knowledge necessary to conduct research in one or more scientific disciplines
Identify potential problems, recommend and implement solutions, and collaborate in the development of new techniques
Monitor and collect data as required by research protocols
Maintain appropriate documentation of research results, as required by research protocols.
Search literature demonstrating an understanding of scientific, experimental and/or research theory to assist in the design of methods, procedures, and techniques
May configure, operate and/or maintain specialized equipment
May use software applications to assemble, manipulate, format and/or perform statistical analysis of data
May train others in laboratory techniques and the use of laboratory equipment
May assist in writing grants, progress reports, and manuscripts
Performs other duties as assigned.

Ph.D. and 1 year of postdoctoral experience
Recent bench work experience required
Ability to prepare research reports
Good verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to understanding scientific, experimental and or research theory

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee

May direct other lab staff and students.

The position involves work in a laboratory and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals and human specimens

Additional Information:
The preferred candidate will have a background in physiology, pharmacology and biochemistry, including experience in smooth muscle physiology.

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