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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Marine Global Change Ecology Lab

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Environmental Conservation
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate, 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 Summary

The postdoctoral research associate position will join our research team studying ecological and evolutionary responses of marine predatory snails to climate change. This research is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying local adaptation in Atlantic oyster drills in their native range (Atlantic coast United States) and their introduced range (Pacific coast United States). The research is focused on temperature dependency of physiological traits (thermal tolerance, growth, consumption, metabolic rate, phenotypic plasticity) using laboratory and field approaches. The position will co-lead the field team, laboratory experiments, and manuscript writing. The position will work directly with the Marine Global Change Ecology Lab (PI Brian Cheng) and collaborate closely with the Molecular Ecology and Conservation Lab (PI Lisa Komoroske).


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Conduct laboratory based manipulative experiments and physiological assays.
  • Conduct field work to sample wild populations and collect environmental data.
  • Data analysis.
  • Manuscript writing.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in affiliated research groups at UMass.
  • Participate in broader impacts outreach engagement.


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 Ecology, Evolution, Animal Biology, or a closely related field.
  • Experience with basic marine laboratory animal husbandry and research techniques.
  • Experience designing, planning, and conducting field studies, including the ability to meet project goals in a timely manner, and follow through on project deliverables.
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate research findings both at professional meetings and in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong analytical skills including demonstrated proficiency with R and/or other statistical approaches/software programs.
  • Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, and meticulous work style, as evidenced by previous research.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with researchers from different scientific backgrounds, including federal agency partners and stakeholders.


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

  • Demonstrated experience performing physiological experiments with animals.
  • Research experience integrating empirical datasets across biological levels and/or into statistical models.
  • Previous experience managing, mentoring, or otherwise overseeing staff, graduate or undergraduate students.
  • A demonstrated capability to think critically about the practical application of research outcomes.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Occasional laboratory work on an irregular schedule (weekends/nights) based on experimental schedules.
  • Field work during early morning or late evenings based on tidal schedules.


Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm (may vary slightly), 40 hours a week (100% FTE). May include some nights and weekends.

Anticipated start date: March 2022 – May 2022.


Salary Information

Salary will commensurate with experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants

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, 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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