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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Baskin Lab

Apply now Job no: 509915
Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biology
Union: Post Doc
Categories: 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

Perform research on the regulation of cell division and elongation in the plant root, under the guidance and supervision of the Principal Investigator.

 

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Conduct tissue-specific transcriptomics in the root of Arabidopsis thaliana.
  • Design, build, and characterize plants in which cell division is inhibited specifically in the root cortex.
  • Analyze division and elongation by means of kinematic methods.  
  • Supervise undergraduate researchers in the laboratory.
  • Prepare manuscripts associated with the project.

 

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)

  • A Ph.D. in plant physiology, molecular biology, developmental biology or a similar field of study.  
  • Molecular experience with DNA and RNA.

 

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

  • Experience characterizing tissue-specific gene expression.
  • Experience working with plant roots.
  • Experience analyzing cell division and elongation.

 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Work will be conducted in the research lab, greenhouse, and typical office environment.

 

Work Schedule

  • Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Occasional weekends or evenings as required for keeping plants alive.
  • 40 hours a week, 100% FTE.

 

Salary Information

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.  Apply by September 24, 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.

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