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Amherst College
  • Position Number: 4643831
  • Location: Amherst, MA
  • Position Type: Science - Biology

Research Assistant - Biology

Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Research Assistant - Biology position. The Research Assistant- Biology is a full-time, one-year term position, starting at $20.16 per hour. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

This is a research assistant position in Biology, where the primary responsibilities involve assisting with studies in the laboratory and greenhouse. The particular research project involves a fungal disease of plants, which provides a safe study model or advances questions in the ecology of infectious disease. The research has been funded by the NIH - Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Program, through the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences and to the Fogarty Center. The main activities include growth plants and fungi in the context of large experiments, with additional efforts in documentation, data collection, and data analysis.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Establish experimental studies and materials
  • Collecting data
  • Initial summary statistical analyses
  • Literature and database search for comparable results of other studies

Working with PI Hood using lab and greenhouse techniques
  • Maintenance, storage, and inventory of lab biological collections
  • Preparation of culture media or plant growth substrates
  • Deconstruct experimental materials

Lab management and activity documentation


  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology
  • Experience with experimental studies in plant-fungal interaction
  • Attention to details
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Punctuality and time management skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Skill at troubleshooting laboratory techniques
  • Commitment to working with a diverse community

  • Concentration in Ecology or Evolutionary Biology

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

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