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Post Doctoral Research Associate in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology - Pak Lab
University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts
Date Posted 03/06/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Apply now Job no:507485
Work type:Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location:UMass Amherst
Department: Biochemistry/Molecular 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

The Pak lab is seeking a postdoctoral level biologist to work on an NIH-funded project to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders using human patient derived cellular models and develop novel experimental platforms to better understand synaptopathies. The role will bridge stem cell biology and neuroscience to perform mechanistic and therapeutic studies. This position will provide excellent opportunity and training in interdisciplinary approaches spanning genetic engineering and differentiation of iPSCs, transcriptomic and proteomic analyses, and neurophysiology. 

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Perform research in neurobiology of neurodevelopmental disorders (autism and schizophrenia) with a focus on elucidating synaptic dysfunction in human iPSC-derived neural cells. 
  • Write reports and/or papers on completed research in cooperation with professorial supervisor.
  • Maintain literature awareness of research area.
  • Present research results orally to professional groups.
  • Participate in group and divisional seminar in field(s) of study and in Department Colloquia.
  • Interact collegially with others in the laboratory, the department, and elsewhere at the University.
  • Collaborate with professorial supervisor in the preparation of research materials.
  • Maintain laboratory apparatus as applicable in the best possible order.
  • Train junior personnel in basic laboratory methods.

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 a related field (Neuroscience, Molecular and cellular biology, Stem cell biology, or Bioengineering) at time of hire.
  • Demonstrated skills in molecular, genetic, and cellular techniques. Proficiency in whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology is a plus.
  • Evidence of productivity, as demonstrated by publications and other professional activities.
  • Intellectual curiosity, a working knowledge, and certain expertise in the research area under consideration.
  • Manual dexterity and laboratory skills consistent with the research being performed.
  • Initiative and drive.
  • Ability to communicate and work efficiently with others.
  • Scientific creativity.
  • Ability to work with a minimal amount of supervision.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Ability to work in a lab environment.

Work Schedule

  • 40 hours per week – flexible schedule.
  • Option to start position at 20 hours per week with the intention for full time employment with the return to campus.

Salary Information

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

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Apply by May 1, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate 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.  http://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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