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University of Massachusetts Amherst Departmental Assistant - Meyers Lab in Amherst, Massachusetts

Departmental Assistant - Meyers Lab

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Work type: Hourly

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Psychology and Brain Sci


Categories: College of Natural Sciences, Temporary Non-Benefited

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

Function as a lab manager and technician in a neuroendocrinology laboratory performing research on the assessment of stress in humans and animals. Manage day-to-day activities in the lab, conduct biochemical assay for steroid hormones in various sample matrices (e.g., hair, fingernails, saliva), and train and supervise undergraduate students working in the laboratory.

Essential Functions

  • Process human hair and nail samples for analysis of cortisol content. Procedures include sample weighing, washing, grinding, cortisol extraction, and extract reconstitution and filtration.

  • Train and supervise undergraduate student assistants on the hair and nail processing procedures.

  • Perform cortisol analysis using enzyme immunoassay (ELISA).

  • Supervise daily activities of the laboratory including maintenance of sample inventory, inventory of disposable supplies, weekly reporting of hazardous waste storage, and requesting hazardous waste removal by Environmental Health and Safety.

  • Input assay data into Excel software to calculate cortisol concentrations.

  • Wash reusable glassware as necessary.

  • Attend weekly lab meetings.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. In the performance of work, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction.

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the UMASS Cranberry station to support research and extension priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the UMASS Cranberry Station.

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

  • Prior college level chemistry and/or biochemistry laboratory experience. Course-related lab experience is required.

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office software, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural science discipline (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, biology, chemistry, or related) preferred.

  • Research lab experience is preferred.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical laboratory and office environment.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3:00pm (30 hours per week)

Additional Information

Skills acquired on the job:

  • Learn how to process and analyze biological samples for steroid hormone extraction.

  • Learn the principles and performance of ELISA methodology.

  • Equipment used includes analytical balance, biological safety cabinet, fume hood, ball mill, bead mill, desk top centrifuge, vacuum evaporator, microplate reader, microplate washer, and various pipetting devices.

    Salary Information

$20.00 per Hour

Temporary Position

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

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.

Advertised: May 14 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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