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Post Baccalaureate Research Assistant

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 12, 2024

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Post Baccalaureate Research Assistant

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 Post Baccalaureate Research Assistant position in the Department of Chemistry. The Post Baccalaureate Research Assistant is a full-time, fixed-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 one-year, limited-term appointment as a full-time post-baccalaureate research assistant in the Wisconsin lab for the period from June 1, 2024, through May 31, 2025.

The primary responsibilities will involve executing and publishing an independent research project, partnering with current Amherst College undergraduates to help move forward their thesis research projects, and training new undergraduate research students.

Additional responsibilities include taking appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participating in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Lab-Based Chemistry Research
  • Execute basic air-free and moisture-free organic reactions
  • Perform routine separations and characterization of synthesized materials

Data Analysis and Scientific Writing
  • Analyze 1H NMR and GCMS data
  • Complete literature review
  • Will contribute to the writing of research articles and grants submitted by the lab
  • Design figures using a suite of software including Excel, ChemDraw, MNova, Illustrator

Lab Maintenance
  • Maintain a clean and safe lab space, wash glassware, manage chemical waste, etc.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry by time of employment
  • Must have at least one year of experience executing supervised synthetic organic chemistry research
  • Demonstrated interest in carrying out independent research
  • Excellent organizational skills as well as strong verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work collaboratively and the desire to train and support undergraduate students with various levels of research experience
  • Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community

  • Experience with NMR, GCMS, Excel, ChemDraw, MNova, and Adobe Illustrator
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate research students

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.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Jobs Hub icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Amherst College

Amherst College prepares students to make a difference in the world. Our financial aid program is among the most substantial in the nation, and our student body is among the most diverse. At Amherst, you are part of a lively, inquisitive, devoted community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who find inspiration in one another and in the process of learning.

Since our 1821 founding, Amherst has demonstrated steadfast confidence in the value of the liberal arts and the importance of critical thinking. Small classes, an open curriculum and a singular focus on undergraduate education ensure that leading scholars engage daily with talented, curious students, equipping them for leadership in an increasingly global and complex world.

Offering competitive compensation packages and a multitude of programs and services for staff, Amherst works to enrich the working life and support the well-being of each and every employee.

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