Assistant Professor Quantitative Developmental and Cellular Biology

Assistant Professor
Quantitative Developmental and Cellular Biology

The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure- track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with demonstrated potential for integrating the study of cell biology and developmental biology using quantitative methods to explore dynamic cellular processes. Individuals investigating the cellular mechanisms underlying developmental processes such as differentiation, proliferation, migration, and/or morphogenesis are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in individuals utilizing quantitative imaging, such as super-resolution, confocal, and multi-photon microscopy available in the new microscopy facility in the Institute of Applied Life Sciences. The successful candidate will build an independent research program in our vibrant and interactive research community, and participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching.

The UMass Biology Department (www.bio.umass.edu/biology) provides an interactive and broad research environment, with faculty research spanning levels of biological organization. A Ph.D. in Biology or a related field is required. Successful candidates will also have relevant postdoctoral experience, and the potential to develop and maintain an extramurally funded research program. New faculty members will have the opportunity to participate in strong graduate training programs in Molecular and Cellular Biology (www.bio.umass.edu/mcb), Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (www.bio.umass.edu/oeb), Plant Biology (www.bio.umass.edu/plantbio), and Neuroscience and Behavior (www.umass.edu/neuro) and capitalize on the newly created Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) http://www.umass.edu/ials/ with state-of-the-art core facilities. The University is part of the 5 College Consortium (www.fivecolleges.edu) in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, just 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, and the contact information for three references to:

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=63777

Review of applications will begin on October 9, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

While we are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position, under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Leadership Position in Integrative Neuroscience

Leadership Position in Integrative Neuroscience

The College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts (www.cns.umass.edu) invites applications for a tenured position in neuroscience at the rank of associate or full professor. We seek an international leader in neuroscience research with broad expertise spanning multiple sub-disciplines. Applicants should have an outstanding record of leadership, research achievement, and funding, as well as a history of successful collaboration. A Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field is required. The successful candidate will have a tenured appointment in one or more neuroscience-related departments within the College of Natural Sciences.

UMass Amherst has committed significant new resources to neuroscience, and the successful candidate will play a leadership role in a new initiative aimed at integrating and expanding neuroscience research across campus. This initiative will involve multiple departments and be closely aligned with the translational life science efforts from the UMass Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) (www.umass.edu/ials). IALS is hiring numerous translational faculty and provides outstanding resources for applied bioscience research, including 310,000 square feet of new research space in the new Life Science Laboratory building with state-of-the-art core facilities (e.g. MRI, fabrication, optical imaging). The UMass system provides a rich neuroscience environment ranging from basic research to pre-clinical and clinical research through collaborations with UMass Medical School. The College of Natural Sciences provides excellent graduate training opportunities through four interdepartmental graduate programs, including Neuroscience and Behavior (www.umass.edu/neuro) and Molecular and Cellular Biology (www.bio.umass.edu/mcb).

The Five College Consortium, composed of Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, provides a rich academic and intellectual environment (www.fivecolleges.edu), and is situated in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, less than 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.

Review of the applications will begin on December 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, description of research interests, and a brief vision statement for establishing an integrated neuroscience initiative at UMass Amherst. Letters of reference will be solicited later in the application process. Questions pertaining to this position can be directed to neurosearch@bio.umass.edu. Application materials should be submitted directly to:

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=64525

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.

Irschick, Crosby, and Gilman Reported That Geckos Have a Spring-like Mechanism in Their Bodies to Enhance Adhesion

Duncan J. Irschick, Biology, Alfred J. Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and doctoral candidate Casey A. Gilman, Biology, have shown that geckos have a spring-like mechanism in their bodies to enhance adhesion as they become larger, as reported in PLOS ONE article. In 2012, four of the authors invented the flexible adhesive Geckskin. BBC article, Science Newsline article. Nature World News article., UMass News & Media Relations article.

Gerald Downes, Biology, with James Chambers and Josef Trapani, Awarded $824,000 NSF Grant to Study How Neurons Regulate Location

Gerald Downes, Biology, with James Chambers, Chemistry, and Amherst College neurobiologist Josef Trapani, have been awarded a three-year $824,025 collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the zebrafish brain to better understand how neurons regulate locomotion. Downes, the lead investigator, says his ultimate research goal is to better understand how different chemical signals, called neurotransmitters, work together at cellular and molecular levels to coordinate normal locomotion such as walking and swimming.

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Hazen and Harrington Receive Two Grants to Develop Crop Biotechnology Venture

Plant growth is in part determined by a network of genes that influence total biomass yield. By studying the regulatory mechanisms of how plants build themselves, the Hazen Laboratory has identified ways to potentially boost energy crop yield. Professor Samuel Hazen and Postdoctoral Fellow Michael J. Harrington have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The NSF Innovation Corp program award of $50,000 is designed to extend the basic laboratory research to entrepreneurial ventures. By participating in this program they will explore product opportunities and a business development plan. The MassCEC provided a $40,000 catalyst award to test what they have learned in their laboratory model, the small grass Brachypodium distachyon, in energy crop species.