Research Fellow - Fritz-Laylin Lab

Employer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Location
UMass Amherst

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Science & Technology, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Position Type
Postdoc
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 508246
Work type: Staff Full Time, Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biology
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.

Job Summary

The Fritz-Laylin Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting a Research Fellow with molecular biology experience. The Fritz-Laylin lab works at the interface of evolutionary and quantitative cell biology to explore the specification and diversification of cytoskeletal phenotypes. These efforts require developing molecular tools for little studied organisms with unique evolutionary relationships and cell behaviors.

The successful candidate will initially focus on developing and adapting methods for genetic manipulation of microbial eukaryotes. Experience working with non-model organisms is NOT required but the successful candidate will be able to quickly learn how to apply their knowledge of common experimental techniques to new systems. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the PI but is also expected to be proactive and independent, and able to work both individually and collaboratively.

Dr. Fritz-Laylin is committed to helping all lab members build the skills needed to achieve their long-term career goals. Such skills include biological knowledge, technical and analytical methods, project management, as well as science communication in the form of oral presentations, scientific publication, and grant writing. Dr. Fritz-Laylin meets with lab members weekly to discuss research progress and training needs. Enthusiastic applicants with diverse perspectives who wish to join a dynamic research group are encouraged to apply!

Essential Functions

  • Focus on developing and adapting methods for genetic manipulation of microbial eukaryotes.
  • Responsible for molecular cloning.
  • Translate gene expression technologies to non-model organisms.
  • Measure gene expression.
  • Actively participate in laboratory meetings.

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)

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or related discipline.
  • A minimum of three (3) years hands-on laboratory experience.
  • Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience in molecular and cell biology, or equivalent experience.
  • Working knowledge of molecular biology techniques such as: Southern/Western blotting, Advanced molecular cloning (e.g. Gibson, GoldenGate, Ligation independent cloning), RNA handling, Genetic transformation (e.g. Agrobacterium-mediated, biolistics, electroporation, transduction), and/or Gene editing (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9).
  • Candidates with previous experience developing molecular genetic tools for fungi, algae, or emerging model systems would be highly competitive.
  • Additional Details

    • This is a temporary, one year appointment. Reappointment beyond one year is contingent on funding and performance.

    Work Schedule

    • Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, 40 hours/week.

    Salary Information

    Salary will be commensurate with experience.

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Along with the application, please submit a CV, cover letter and the contact information for three (3) professional references. The 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. (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.

    Advertised: Oct 5 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close:

    Organization

    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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