Research Fellow Position Available

RESEARCH FELLOW, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

The Fritz-Laylin Lab ( at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is recruiting a highly motivated Research Fellow. The Fritz-Laylin lab studies cell motility at the interface of evolutionary biology and quantitative cell biology to define minimal requirements for cell movement, and to trace the evolutionary history of this complex behavior. These efforts require developing molecular tools for little studied organisms with unique evolutionary relationships and cell behaviors.

The initial responsibilities of the Research Fellow will focus on establishing protocols for molecular transformation and genetic manipulation of microbial eukaryotes, as well as measuring changes in gene expression during life stage transitions. 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 with a team.

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, molecular and cell biology techniques, 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

Required Qualifications 
Bachelor's degree in Biology or related discipline with a minimum of 2 years laboratory experience.

Preferred Qualifications 
Preference may be given to candidates with experience in molecular biology (cloning, gels, western blot). Candidates with previous experience in gene expression and/or CRISPR technology would be highly competitive.  

This is a non-benefited, full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Initial appointment is for one year; reappointment beyond the first year is contingent upon availability of funding and job performance. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: molecular cloning, translating gene expression technologies to non-model organisms, and measuring gene expression. Active participation in laboratory meetings is required of all lab members.

Candidates must apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, and the contact details of three references willing to provide letters of recommendation to:

Review of applications will begin January 9, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by January 9, 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. 

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