Job no: 513738
Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Research, 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.
This position is a full-time research support position in a molecular microbial ecology lab studying the effect of climate change on soil carbon cycling, plant-microbial interactions, and the development of plant biofuels. Research includes cultivation of environmental bacterial isolates and soils. For this position, the research fellow will work to assist in the measurement of the plasticity of in situ microbial community traits associated with declining soil organic matter quality and quantity over decades of chronic warming stress, as well as define individual bacterial physiological and genomic traits associated with evolutionary adaptation to chronic warming for bacteria isolated from heated and control soils. This position is split, with 50% time devoted to the microbial evolution of climate change, a genomics and modeling project; 35% time devoted to support of field studies including the quantitative stable isotope probing study for direct measurements of turnover times per taxa; and 15% time devoted to general lab duties, including support on other projects, lab chores, and training new students.
Examples of duties:Analyze data already collected for the effect of long-term warming on the growth parameters of cultivated Actinobacteria from heated and control soil.Perform comparative genomics on sequenced Actinobacterial isolates from the long-term warming experiments from heated and control soils.Write up detailed protocols for the cultivation of isolates; extraction and quality control of genomic DNA; gDNA sequencing using the MinION and Illumina platforms; genome sequence curation, assembly and annotation of MinION gDNA; and metabolic modeling of genomes; comparative genomics of genomes.Support for data analysis of previously collected field data from the field experiment testing the effect of long-term warming on the temperature sensitivity of CUE.
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)Bachelors of Science in Microbiology, Biology, Microbial Ecology or equivalent.1-2 years of experience working independently in a research laboratory.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)Demonstrated skills in microbiology (sterile technique, media prep, cultivation) and molecular biology (DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, PCR) techniques.Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.Proficiency with R and basic statistics.Familiarity with other programming languages, like python, matlab, or html.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
No physical demands outside of a typical office environment.
40 hours per week, flexible, to be arranged each week within Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Commensurate with experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search may be open until suitable candidate is 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 (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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