Research Associate

UMass Medical School
Job Location
Worcester, MA 01655
Job Description


Drs. Jennifer Wang and Robert Finberg are experienced clinician-scientists working in the area of virus receptors and pathogenesis of infections. They have described several virus receptors and worked on the host responses to viruses and how viruses replicate and evolve.


Their research focuses on how viruses interact with pattern recognition receptors, including Toll-like receptors and RIG-I-like receptors, to activate inflammatory cytokine responses and produce type I interferons. The lab is currently conducting studies with Coxsackie B virus, herpesviruses, and influenza A virus, characterizing their interactions with receptors in different cell types including neutrophils, dendritic cells, and monocytes/macrophages. The lab is also studying the contribution of enteroviruses to type 1 diabetes


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Designee, the Research Associate performs a variety of complex research experiments.




  • Conducts in-depth analysis of research experiments
  • Performs complex laboratory experiments
  • Interprets data, forms conclusion, and decides on and plans next experiments to be done with a high degree of independence
  • Compiles and analyzes data and performs computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software
  • May modify protocols and be responsible for a single, independent research project
  • Assists in writing the text of scientific publications and grants. Reviews literature
  • Trains new laboratory personnel, students, and collaborators
  • Maintains laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Complies with all safety and infection control standards
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, or equivalent experience
  • 1 year relevant research experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner
  • Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems


  • Experience with tissue culture



Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee



May functionally supervise Lab Technicians and Aides



Wet chemistry laboratory, and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals, and human specimens.

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