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Post Doctoral Research Associate in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology - Gierasch Lab

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Nursing

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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

Perform independent research in collaboration with the principal investigator in biochemistry, specifically directed towards the mechanistic understanding of how molecular chaperones in the Hsp70 family facilitate protein folding and trafficking in the cell, what role they play in assembly of protein complexes, how they are modulated by post-translational modifications, and how they interact with their co-chaperones. The post-doctoral research associate will supervise undergraduate students, participate in the writing of manuscripts and grant applications, and present his/her work at national and international meetings.


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Perform research that integrates biophysical methods and in-cell experiments to understand the function of cellular networks of molecular chaperones and the mechanism of Hsp70 molecular chaperones.
  • Write reports and/or papers on completed research in cooperation with professorial supervisor.
  • Critically read and edit papers by other laboratory personnel.
  • 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.
  • Provide leadership in the research group, particularly taking responsibility for the work related to nuclear magnetic resonance.
  • Interface with the core facility for nuclear magnetic resonance, including sharing expertise in new methods and providing advice on upgrades to the facility.
  • 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)

  • Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, or closely related field, at time of hire.
  • Demonstrated skills in molecular biology, protein purification, and biophysical methods. Specific expertise in nuclear magnetic resonance is preferred.
  • Evidence of productivity, 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 and work efficiently with 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, 100% FTE.


Salary Information

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


Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references. 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.

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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