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.
Perform research on identification, evolution and functional dissection of cis-regulatory elements in the angiosperms, under the guidance and supervision of the Principle Investigator.
Examples of duties:
- Bioinformatic identification of conserved non-coding sequences (CNS) in angiosperm genomes.
- Dissection of CNS function using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing in Brachypodium distachyon, maize, and Arabidopsis thaliana.
- Mentor undergraduate researchers in the lab.
- Preparing manuscripts associated with the project.
- 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 in plant biology, molecular biology, evolution, bioinformatics, or a related field.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
- Work will be conducted in the research lab, greenhouse, maize genetics nursery at the UMass farm, and in a typical office environment.
- Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.
- Occasional weekends as required during our summer and winter field seasons.
- 40 hours a week, 100% FTE.
Salary will commensurate with experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three (3) professional references. Apply by August 16, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.
As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion)
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.