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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Cranberry Station, CAFE

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Cranbry Stat Ext
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research, Agriculture/Extension, 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.


About UMass Cranberry Station

Established in 1910, located in the town of East Wareham, Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cranberry Station is a part of the UMASS Amherst Campus. It is a research and outreach center charged with the mission of maintaining and enhancing the economic viability of the Massachusetts Cranberry Industry through research and outreach and serving the public welfare by supporting economic development and the protection of the environment.


Job Summary

The UMass Cranberry Station is seeking applicants to fill a postdoctoral research associate position in East Wareham, Massachusetts. The incumbent will work under the general supervision of Principal Investigator, Dr. Giverson Mupambi, and will conduct research related to cranberry physiology in agrivoltaic systems. The research will look at the effect of different shading treatments as determined by inter-row spacing under an agrivoltaic system in cranberry production.


Essential Functions

  • Conduct original applied research on cranberry physiology in agrivoltaic systems.
  • Take a leadership role in data collection, record keeping, data analysis, and compiling manuscripts for publication in appropriate journals.
  • Transfer research-based information to the MA cranberry industry.
  • Engage with other researchers to increase knowledge of agrivoltaic systems.
  • Supervise graduate students and research assistants.
  • Contribute to the development of new research proposals.


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 horticulture science, crop science, plant science, or a related field.
  • A strong record of course work and independent research in subjects such as plant ecophysiology and controlled environments is desirable.
  • Capacity for excellent research, as demonstrated by publications and other professional activities, appropriate to the number of years in the field.
  • Abilities and skills in statistical analyses, data management, and visualization, and scientific writing.
  • Ability to work with a minimal amount of supervision.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Applicants should feel comfortable working in inclement outdoor conditions on occasion.
  • The work is split between field, lab, and office.


Additional Details

  • The estimated start date for this position is as soon as possible.
  • Position located in East Wareham, Massachusetts.


Salary Information


Special Instructions to Applicants

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

Questions about the position may be directed to Giverson Mupambi at

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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