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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Cranberry Station, CAFE

University of Massachusetts Amherst
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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.

Job Summary

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.

Essential Functions

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 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 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 Information

    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. (

    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: Jun 29 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close:


    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

    As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

    Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

    The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

    As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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