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The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. The successful candidate will be a part of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), which has a primary goal of developing translational research programs and fostering interactions with industry.
 
We seek highly innovative candidates who are exploring neurological disease using clinically relevant models, spanning invertebrates to non-human primates. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focus complements existing departmental and campus strengths, including neuroendocrinology, cytoskeletal dynamics, protein homeostasis, immunology, and neurodevelopment. Given the mission of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, the successful candidate will establish and maintain a research program with direct relevance to issues of human health, yielding important mechanistic insight into diseases affecting the nervous system. Possible areas of research could include neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism, or neuropsychiatric disorders.
 
IALS and the UMass Amherst campus are committed to the development of translational and basic research programs while fostering interactions with industry, with substantial faculty hiring in the next two years. A simultaneous search focused on cellular models of neurological diseases is underway in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The new faculty member will collaborate with IALS faculty to translate research results into therapeutic goals, interact with industry scientists, and provide essential training for the next generation of biomedical scientists. New faculty members will also be able to take full advantage of the IALS substantial new investments in campus infrastructure and core facilities (see http://www.umass.edu/ials/core-facilities for more details).

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in a closely related field, postdoctoral experience, and outstanding potential to establish a translational neuroscience research program. Life sciences faculty members at UMass can train students from several interdepartmental graduate programs, and the successful candidate will be expected to participate in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
Online applications should include a cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, and the contact information for three references.

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=77115

The University of Massachusetts Amherst the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430 acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network. The region boasts a rural setting with easy access to Boston, Hartford, and New York City. Amherst is nestled between the Berkshire Mountains, Holyoke Range and Pelham Hills providing many recreational opportunities. 

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. 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. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Daniel Peterson has won the Annual Student Award for the Appreciation for the Biology of Insect Pests, for his recent paper in American Naturalist:

The award committee, from the TREE foundation, concluded that your paper has the right combination of high quality science and novel perspective on “pest” biology.

Peterson, D. A, N. B. Hardy, and B. B. Normark. 2016. Micro- and macroevolutionary trade-offs in plant-feeding insects. American Naturalist 188: 640-650.

The award is administered by entomologists at the University of Florida.
(see article for more details) http://www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org/2017/01/amazing-pests-award-winner-anno...