The Wadsworth and Ross Labs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass, Amherst) seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate to perform research on mitotic spindle dynamics and mechanics. This will include generating mammalian cells using CRISPr or siRNA to test candidate MAPs in spindle function. The appointee is expected to establish some independence in research design and execution, and to publish her/his work as appropriate in collaboration with the principle investigators.

This is a benefited, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position. Initial appointment is for one year; reappointment beyond the first year is contingent upon job performance. The project is aimed at understanding spindle dynamics and mechanics, including the regulation of microtubule severing enzymes and depolymerizing kinesins. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, preparing and observing cells using spinning disc confocal microscopy, using molecular methods to modify genes in mammalian cells, performing nucleofection of cells with plasmid DNA and generating cell lines, data analysis using imaging software and excel or Matlab.
Results of in vivo experiments can also be tested using various in vitro assays with purified microtubules, motors and MAPs.

The qualified candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in cellular/molecular biology or a related field by the time of hire, one to three years experience with cytoskeleton, mitosis or related area, and experience with confocal microscopy. Highly desirable qualifications include experience working with mammalian cells, molecular biology methods, protein purification, and data analysis. A demonstrated record of publishing research in quality journals, a strong interest interdisciplinary research and experience in mentoring undergraduate students are desirable. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Pat Wadsworth or Jenny Ross [;].

Postdoctoral Research Associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending on experience. Salary is subject to bargaining unit contract, with a salary minima of $47,476.

Candidates must apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, summary of research interests, and the contact details of three references willing to provide letters of recommendation to:
Review of applications will begin August 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by August 15, 2018 will be given priority consideration.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

Congratulations to Emma Dauster, Vazey lab, NSB and Josh Moyer, Irschick lab, OEB. This award provides up to $1000 in research funds to be used for supplies or for travel to field sites or conferences, or to attend a course that provides specialized training in a discipline.

Emma Dauster: Sex differences in noradrenergic attention regulation.

Josh Moyer: The Form, Function, and Evolution of Feeding in Sharks