Postdoctoral Research Associate


The Caicedo Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to perform research on the genomic and evolutionary basis of fruit quality traits important during tomato domestication. Work will be performed under the guidance and supervision of the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with colleagues at University of Georgia, University of Florida, Cornell University, and Polytechnic University of Valencia.

This is a benefited, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position. 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, genome scans of domesticated and wild tomatoes; morphological and biochemical phenotyping of tomato samples; genome-wide association mapping for various fruit traits; and confirmation of loci affecting relevant fruit traits. The successful candidate is required to have a Ph.D. in population genetics, bioinformatics, or a related field by the start of the position. The candidate must have experience with molecular evolutionary analyses and programming, interest in working with next-generation sequencing data, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous work with plants is desirable but not required.

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.

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:

Questions can be addressed to Dr. Ana Caicedo at

Review of applications will begin September 24, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by September 24th 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.