Post Doctoral Research Associate - Katz Lab

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Biology
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research, College of Natural Sciences

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 Description

The postdoctoral research associate will perform research on a project related to the organization of the rhinophore complex in the nudibranch Berghia stephanieae under the guidance and supervision of the Principle Investigator, Dr. Paul Katz. The appointee is expected to establish some independence in research design and execution, to publish her/his work as appropriate in collaboration with the principle investigator, and to be an engaged member of the lab. The appointee will be expected to mentor undergraduates in related independent research.


Essential Functions 

  • Performing single cell sequencing on nudibranch tissue.
  • Performing in situ hybridization chain reaction to label neurons.
  • Performing immunohistochemistry Performing axon tracing studies.
  • Performing confocal microscopy.
  • Analyzing data and making data publicly available upon publication of results.
  • Writing and submitting manuscripts in a timely manner.
  • Training lab personnel in experimental techniques.
  • Performing some level of care and feeding of invertebrates.


Additional Information

  • 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 Neuroscience or related field required by the time of hire.
  • Knowledge and experience with bioinformatics and/or histology.


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

  • Demonstrated record of publishing research in quality journals.
  • Expertise with fluorescence microscopy.
  • Expertise in coding.
  • Strong interest in neuroscience and neural mechanisms underlying invertebrate behavior.
  • Understanding of olfactory coding mechanisms.                                                                                                        .

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Standard laboratory conditions.
  • Applicant must be capable of doing dissections under microscope.


Work Schedule

  • Full time position, may require evening and weekends.
  • Flexible timing, must be available for meetings during the work week.


Salary Information

  • Salary will follow the current UMass guidelines for postdoctoral fellows: Postdoc PRO CBA.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a letter of application, cv, and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.

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, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination 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 UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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