Post Doctoral Research Associate - Baskin Lab

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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Baskin Lab

Job no: 506301
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 cellulose synthesis and growth anisotropy under the guidance and supervision of the Principal Investigator. The appointee is expected to establish some independence in research design and execution, and to publish their work as appropriate in collaboration with the principal investigator.

Essential Functions

  • Maintenance of tobacco BY-2 cell cultures.
  • Development of novel BY-2 cell lines that express genes relevant for the project.
  • Quantifying growth anisotropy of BY-2 cells in microfluidic chambers.
  • Quantifying speed and character of cellulose synthase complex movement in BY-2 cells.
  • Quantifying cellulose abundance and crystallinity in BY-2 cells.
  • Use and maintenance of the confocal fluorescence microscope.
  • Development of a novel polarized light microscopy methods for BY-2 cells.
  • Carrying out analogous experiments on the roots of maize or other appropriate species.
  • Supervising undergraduate and graduate researchers.

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. in Biology or related field required.
  • Experience in plant molecular biology required.

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

  • Expertise in light-microscopy highly desirable.
  • Experience with plant tissue culture highly desirable.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office/lab environment.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. It is expected the appointee will work extended hours to complete individual experiments.

Salary Information

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and is consistent with bargaining unit contract.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, a summary of research accomplishments, and contact information for three professional references. Apply by September 15, 2020 in order 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.

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.

Advertised: Sep 8 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
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Posted: 9/10/2020
Application Due: 12/9/2020
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