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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Grossmann Lab

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Food Sciences
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Natural Sciences

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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

You will join our food science team in a newly renovated laboratory at UMass Amherst ( The position is linked to a 2-year fully funded research project that you will work on. The project aims to better understand protein extrusion processing and improve its sustainability for the production of plant-based meat alternatives.


Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Independently carrying out research on extrusion processing and protein extraction as well as characterization.
  • Writing publications, reports, and presenting results at conferences.
  • Supporting the organization of the laboratory.
  • Working together with students and professors in a creative and supporting environment.


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)

  • PhD degree in food science, nutritional science, chemical engineering, or related field.
  • Proven publication track-record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in working with processing equipment, food material, and food analytical equipment (rheometer, spectrophotometers, HPLC, etc.).
  • It would be desirable if you already have experience in extrusion processing, protein characterization, and protein extraction.
  • Desirable start date: Beginning of January 2022 +/- 1 month.


Additional Details

Fully funded Postdoc position on extrusion processing for anisotropic protein structure formation.


Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5pm, 40 hours a week, 100% FTE. Some nights and weekends might be necessary.


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 will 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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