Laboratory Technical Specialist
Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5000

Job Description

Amherst College invites applications for the Laboratory Technical Specialist position. The Laboratory Technical Specialist is a part-time, 20 hour per week, term position ending in August 2020, job group and level PT-3. 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.

The Laboratory Technical Specialist supports the teaching and research efforts of the Department of Biology by assisting with faculty research and the training of students in the areas of behavioral ecology and physiology.

Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Research Support

  • Conduct laboratory and field research (in Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary) on birds, including behavioral and metabolic analyses
  • Train and collaborate with a diverse group of undergraduate students
  • Assist with data analysis for two ongoing projects
  • Maintain records and permits for compliance with local and national regulations

Teaching Support
  • Assist faculty in the development and refinement of laboratory modules to accompany BIOL 281 and BIOL/PHYS 265

Physical/Environmental Demands
  • During spring and summer months, extensive walking through Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary (uneven, muddy terrain) through all types of weather
  • Lift, carry, push and pull up to 50 pounds (repositioning and transferring equipment and supplies)
  • Ascending and descending stairs
  • Visual - normal concentration
  • Repetitive motions including hands, wrists, and fingers


  • Bachelor's degree in natural sciences
  • Three years of experience working in a research environment
  • Prior experience working with birds
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask and work with flexibility
  • A commitment and strong ability to effectively interact with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and lift test

  • Graduate degree or training in natural sciences
  • Five or more years of experience working in a research environment
  • Experience with catching, banding and collecting blood samples from wild birds
  • Familiarity with analytical software such as R
  • Prior experience training undergraduate students in scientific research
  • Experience working in a diverse educational/research community

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The College's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The College's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!

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Employment/Position Type:

Full Time
Date Posted : 02/11/2020