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Research Associate
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Dec. 8, 2022
Title Research Associate
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Department Biology & Biotechnology - NFR JM
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Biology - Neuroscience/Neurobiology
    Biology - Genetics
    Biology - General

Research Associate


Biology & Biotechnology - NFR JM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

WPI is seeking a laboratory manager/research associate to join the dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


Responsibilities will be carried out in the Srinivasan Lab of WPI's Biology and Biotechnology department. The Srinivasan lab is in interested in understanding the neural and genetic basis of behavior using the nematode C. elegans as a model system. Current projects involve chemical signaling and social behavior, neuropeptide signaling, and neural circuit dynamics. Our research at WPI is highly interdisciplinary and encompasses areas such as neurobiology, molecular genetics, chemical biology, microfluidics, high-throughput neural imaging, and bioinformatics.

This is an excellent opportunity to interact with scientists in the vibrant neuroscience community in Worcester, MA, where we interact closely with other worm groups at WPI and nearby UMASS Medical School, collaborators around the Boston area, and collaborators around the US and internationally. The position requires participation in general laboratory operations and maintenance, contributions to original research, and a desire to advance his/her professional knowledge and abilities.

Other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Student mentorship at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels, and Outreach participation
  • Finance and administration management
  • Laboratory safety
  • Database management
  • General laboratory maintenance

A bachelor's degree in biology or related field, prior laboratory experience, very strong organizational skills and good social and scientific English communication are required. Proficiency in basic lab management, general worm maintenance, and database organization of lab supplies and worm strains and bacterial plasmids will be required; proficiency in molecular biology techniques is a plus.

Applications should include a CV/resume, cover letter including a brief description of professional goals, two or more references, and expected availability. Questions should be directed to Prof. Srinivasan, at


WPI requires employees to be fully-vaccinated (including a booster shot) for COVID-19. For additional information on WPI's response to COVID-19, refer to

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.


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