Job & Research Opportunities
Biology Department Job Opportunities (Open until filled)
For the latest jobs, events, and announcements exclusive to the members of UMass Boston's Department of Biology, visit the Job Resource Center.
Job applications are available in the Biology Office (W-03-021) or you can view and print an application.
Note: Full job descriptions for student positions are available through Student Employment. Work study students are strongly preferred for these positions, but all applications will be considered. If you are interested in applying for a position, please click on the job application link below for instructions.
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Internship Challenge 2013-2014
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates, who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences, in paid internships across the state.
The program will offer paid internships for over 400 college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences. Host companies will commit to providing a dedicated mentor and meaningful internship opportunity that relates to the academic focus of eligible students. Studies have shown the value and necessity of providing students with internships, and we hope that this opportunity to explore a career path will enhance the students' academic training.
Any student enrolled in a Massachusetts college or university is eligible to apply, provided that they meet the following eligibility requirements:
- 2-year/Community College/Certificate students must be enrolled in an Associate's Degree or Certificate program or completed one within the past year.
- 4-year college or university students must have or will complete(d) at least their sophomore year the semester before the internship, or have graduated within the past year.
- Graduate students must be enrolled in a Master's Degree program or have received their Master's Degree within the past year. Ph.D. and M.D. candidates are not eligible.
For further details regarding this program, please visit: www.masslifesciences.com/grants/challenge.html
If you have questions, please contact Ryan H. Mudawar, Senior Program Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manatee Photo-identification Internships
The manatee photo-identification program is based in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). FWRI is the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a state agency. For more information about FWRI, please visit: www.MyFWC.com/research/. FWRI’s manatee photo-identification research focuses on the long-term monitoring of Florida manatees in southwest Florida. The primary goal of our program is to document individual manatees. These capture histories are used to estimate annual adult survival rates and to model population dynamics for state and federal assessments of Florida manatee status and recovery. Photo-identification data also provide insight regarding manatee movements, site fidelity, habitat use, behavior, intra- and inter- specific associations, and reproductive parameters such as calving intervals and length of calf dependency.
Interns will primarily assist staff members with photographing manatees and collecting behavioral and environmental data at sites around Tampa Bay. Interns will also be responsible for a number of lab-based photo-identification tasks, such as downloading images, entering information into databases, scanning data sheets, and matching images to known animals. Interns often collect data independently in the field, thus responsible, detail oriented applicants are encouraged to apply. Most field work is land-based, however during the winter session opportunities are available to assist with boat-based manatee photo-identification. Other responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, data entry, special projects, and outreach activities. This internship provides a great opportunity to gain valuable field and lab experience at a government agency.
Two positions are available each year: one position in the winter (November-March) and one position in the summer (May-September). Start and end dates are flexible, however, a minimum commitment of four weekdays per week for four months is required. Work hours are typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no compensation for these internship positions and successful applicants will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the institute. Positions are open until filled.
• Computer proficiency; Microsoft Access literacy preferred.
• Working knowledge of SLR digital cameras, filters, and lenses preferred, but not required.
• The ability to lift approximately 50 pounds of equipment.
• A valid U.S. Driver’s License.
• Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab based research methods.
Please submit your cover letter, resume, college transcripts (unofficial are sufficient), and the contact information for three references via hardcopy to FWRI’s Intern Coordinator, Robin Allen, at the address listed below. Alternatively, application materials may be submitted via email to Interns@MyFWC.com. Please indicate in your cover letter the position for which you are applying and the dates you are available.
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
Applicants may contact FWRI’s Manatee Photo-identification Project Manager, Kari Rood, (Kari.Rood@MyFWC.com, 727-896-8626 x1912) with questions regarding the internship.
JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) - Editorial Assistant/ Internet Researcher
JoVE is an innovative, peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed academic video methods journal for the biological and physical sciences. We are the first and only of our kind and are currently looking for smart, self-motivated, hard-working individuals for an entry-level position.
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If qualified, please send your resume and a cover letter detailing why you are an exceptional candidate to: email@example.com.
Process Development – Protein Purification Intern at MassBiologics
In this role you will be assisting our Process Development group to purify our antibody products. This encompasses protein purification, protein formulation and routine laboratory maintenance.
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Process Development – Cell Culture Intern at MassBiologics
In this role you will be assisting our Cell Culture group to develop chemically defined media (CDM) for cultivating selected CHO Cell Lines for Monoclonal Antibody (MAb) production.
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Novartis Summer Intern Program
The Scientific Summer Internship Program (June - August 2013) is a paid, 40-hour per week program for students enrolled at an accredited U.S. university. Interns work on their own project with the guidance of a NIBR scientist. NIBR's research covers many disease, science, and technology areas that allow us to closely match your specific interests with one of our labs.
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed their sophomore year in college or university but not have graduated from a Master's degree program prior to the start of the internship. Ph.D. and M.D. students are not eligible for this program. Applicants must attend university in a U.S. state or territory and be eligible to work in the United States.
Inclusion of the broadest slate of talent is very important to us. This includes, among others, talented individuals who are currently underserved in the sciences. Examples include first-generation college students, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, individuals with learning differences, and underrepresented minorities.
For more information, please visit: http://www.nibr.com/careers/internships.shtml
MATCH Teacher Residency Program
*ATTENTION--SENIORS AND RECENT GRADS:*
Do you want to be an unusually effective first year teacher in a high-poverty charter school?
If so, you should consider MATCH Teacher Residency--an innovative, one-year teacher residency program.
Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of intense training. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.
What sets MTR apart from other teacher prep programs? 1) We’re prescriptive, like a sports coach or piano teacher; you learn and practice very specific “Teacher Moves.” 2) Trainees are specifically being prepared to teach in certain charter schools with a track record of “turning around” low-performing kids. 3) We have a very particular approach, which involves building relationships 1-on-1 with kids and parents, then using those relationships to run a tight ship in class, enforcing rules consistently, and pushing/demanding a LOT from our kids.
MTR is no different from the MATCH Corps (our full-time tutoring
program) from Monday to Thursday. However, unlike MATCH Corps, MTRs want to go on to become full-time teachers in high-poverty, “No Excuses”
charter schools. So on Fridays and Saturdays, MTRs learn about the nuts and bolts of teaching, do tons of practice, and get a lot of coaching.
We’re especially proud of our brand new elementary school, MATCH Community Day, which specifically serves students who speak a language other than English at home. MATCH Teacher Residents have the option to serve at MATCH Community Day, or our previously established High School or Middle School. For more information on MATCH Community Day, have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGUV8Jbeu-c
Does MTR work? Yes—check out this study to see how MTR trained teachers tend to outperform other rookie (and second year) teachers:
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Part-time position involving Asian longhorned beetle outreach with the Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources
The Biological Sciences Department at Bridgewater State University seeks a laboratory instructor/preparer who is strongly committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching to join our new state-of-the-art facility.
Teaching requirements include 18 contact hours per semester of laboratory in the majors introductory sequence (General Biology I-II) and non-majors introductory biology. Candidates will coordinate, collect, and prepare materials, including practical exams, for laboratories. Opportunities for mentoring original undergraduate research may exist. Candidates will assist with other department duties when they arise. This staff position is a full-time, 10-month appointment.
Required minimum qualifications:
- An earned Master's of Science degree in an area of organismal biology by June 2012 with experience in teaching and preparing biology laboratories. Evidence of knowledge and/or teaching experience in plant anatomy, morphology, and life cycles, and/or invertebrate and vertebrate anatomy and morphology.
- Strong commitment to assist faculty in devising and implementing an effective first year laboratory experience for Biology majors. Excellent communication, time management, and organizational skills. Applicants should be strongly committed to teaching in an undergraduate setting and working in a multicultural environment that fosters diversity.
- Candidates should have the ability to work collaboratively, and a commitment to public higher education.
Teaching, laboratory preparation experience, and experience in writing and developing lab exercises in a two-semester introductory biology sequence are preferred. Ability to identify, collect, and prepare botanical and zoological specimens from nearby ecosystems for incorporation into labs, experience in undergraduate research, and use of technology in laboratory teaching are also preferred.
Please visit http://jobs.bridgew.edu to apply online. Information about BSU can be found at www.bridgew.edu. Any questions about the position should be directed to Donald Padgett, Chair, Biological Sciences, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts (firstname.lastname@example.org).