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Post Doc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Apply now Job no: 504451
Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Laboratory & Research, Postdoctoral Research Associate

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary:

Under the general supervision of Dr. Pak, conduct and supervise research that integrates electrophysiological recordings from human neurons, differentiation of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells and molecular/cell biology.


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Perform research in neurobiology of neurodevelopmental disorders (autism and schizophrenia) with a focus on elucidating synaptic dysfunction in human iPSC-derived neurons. 
  • Write reports and/or papers on completed research in cooperation with professorial supervisor.
  • Maintain literature awareness of research area.
  • Present research results orally to professional groups.
  • Participate in group and divisional seminar in field(s) of study and in Department Colloquia.
  • Interact collegially with others in the laboratory, the department, and elsewhere at the University.
  • Collaborate with professorial supervisor in the preparation of research materials.
  • Maintain laboratory apparatus as applicable in the best possible order; look up catalog numbers and cost of needed research items.
  • Train junior personnel in basic laboratory methods.


Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • PhD required in neuroscience, cell biology, physiology or related field. 
  • Knowledge and execution of whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology (voltage clamp and current clamp recordings).
  • Capacity for excellent research, as demonstrated by publications and other professional activities.
  • Intellectual curiosity, a working knowledge, and certain expertise in the research area under consideration.
  • Manual dexterity and laboratory skills consistent with the research being performed.
  • Initiative and drive.
  • Ability to communicate to others.
  • Scientific creativity.
  • Ability to work with a minimal amount of supervision.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Ability to work in a lab environment.


Work Schedule

40 hours per week


Salary Information

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be consistent with the postdoctoral bargaining unit contract.


Application Instructions:

Submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, the College of Natural Sciences and the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology seek an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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