Job no: 508847
Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Cranbry Stat Ext
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.
About UMass Cranberry Station
Established in 1910, located 140 miles east of the main campus in the town of East Wareham, Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cranberry Station is administratively linked to the UMass Amherst Campus. It is a research and outreach center charged with the mission of enhancing the economic viability of the Massachusetts Cranberry Industry and serving the public welfare by supporting economic development and the protection of the environment. Currently, there are 15 full-time employees. The Cranberry Station enjoys an active partnership with USDA-ARS (housing 2 scientists on-site), cranberry growers and industry. The facility has 18 acres of cranberry bog for research and production, with 11 acres on site.
Massachusetts is the second-largest producer of cranberries in the U.S. The major challenge in cranberry cultivation is fruit rot disease complex. To secure the industry sustainability and reduce reliance on chemicals, diversification of fruit rot management tools with cost-effective, nonchemical measures is critical. Previous research has shown the potential of a Late Water (LW) cultural practice in reducing fruit rot, insects, weeds and improving fruit quality. However, limited scientific data are available on the role of various factors on LW outcomes. We propose to identify the critical criteria that drive LW impacts and develop a web-based, data-driven, decision-making model (DMM) that generates grower-friendly outputs and promotes appropriate LW use.
The UMass Cranberry Station is seeking applicants to fill a postdoctoral research associate position in East Wareham, Massachusetts. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work on Late Water (LW) research at the UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham, Massachusetts, under the mentorship of Principal Investigator Dr. Leela S. Uppala.
Example of duties:
- Build relationships with cranberry growers and take an active role in the selection of experimental sites.
- Work independently and in collaboration with our multi-disciplinary team members and apply standardized methodology for laboratory, field and statistical analysis to test hypotheses.
- Collect, analyze, and synthesize data on various factors affecting fruit rot incidence and late water outcomes to develop and implement a LW-DMM.
- Collaborate with the PI and the extension outreach team to prepare grant reports and to generate funding renewals. Compile manuscripts for publication in appropriate journals and present results in regional and national meetings conferences.
Other FunctionsWork 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 Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences or Biostatistics or related field.
- Understanding and experience in projects related to plant disease epidemiology, laboratory analysis of plant samples, statistics and published articles on the related subject matter.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
The incumbent should feel comfortable working in inclement weather on occasion. The work is split between field, lab and office.
Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.
PRO Collective Bargaining Agreement 2019-2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references. Apply by July 13, 2021 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. Questions about the position may be directed to [email protected]
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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