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Director of Administration and Finance Position Announcement

Director of Administration and Finance
Biology Department


The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking a Director of Administration and Finance. The Director will provide management and supervision for the administrative and technical support services of the Biology Department and be responsible for financial, personnel, facilities, and programmatic activities, which support the Department's academic, research, and outreach missions. The Director will exercise considerable initiative, leadership, and judgment in providing advice and guidance regarding policies and procedures within the University community.


• Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or closely related field plus 2 years relevant experience, preferably in an academic setting OR:
• Bachelor’s degree in any area with 4 years relevant experience in an academic setting
• Previous supervisory experience
• Demonstrated understanding of financial management principles, including budgetary/non-profit fund accounting procedures, demonstrated ability to forecast future budget needs, creating annual Departmental budgets and preparing periodic reports.
• Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability and willingness to lead, supervise, advise and train staff and to maintain absolute confidentiality. Ability to work with diverse populations and all levels of the University community in internal and external communications including faculty, staff, students, administrators and the public.
• Demonstrated experience with grant and contract management, including ability to follow federal and private sponsor terms and conditions of proposal and award administration.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Excellent organizational skills, with demonstrated ability to prioritize and balance multiple time-sensitive projects with critical deadlines amid constant interruptions.
• Knowledge of standard computer operating systems and proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, and use of databases.

For salary range, please see:

Review of applications will begin on March 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply provide a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references.

Please apply online at:

On-Campus applicants are defined as Amherst Campus non-student employees

The University of Massachusetts 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, the University of Massachusetts 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 University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statues, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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Clerk III Position Available

CLERK III (50% time), CNS
College of Natural Sciences Dean’s Office

The College of Natural Sciences Dean’s Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has an immediate opening for a 50% time Clerk III (grade 11). This benefited position will provide administrative support to the Director of Neuroscience, the Institute of Neurosciences, and the various committees associated with the Institute for Neurosciences. For more information, including minimum qualifications and application instructions, please visit:

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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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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