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POST-DOCTORAL POSITION in Evolutionary Morphology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst 

The Dumont Lab at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass Amherst) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work collaboratively on projects that focus on the form, function and evolution of the skulls and jaw of vertebrates. This is a fully benefited, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position. Initial appointment for one year; reappointment beyond first year is contingent upon availability of funding and job performance. Salary is subject to bargaining unit contract. The postdoctoral associate’s primary responsibilities will be to contribute to a Collaborative NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grant that focuses the evolution of sensory systems in bats (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1442278&HistoricalAwards...), by collecting and analyzing data and contributing to co-authored manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication and to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Independent projects related the lab’s mission and participation in mentored undergraduate teaching experiences are encouraged. For more information on the Dumont Lab visit http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/dumont and www.biomesh.org.

Minimum requirements include a completed PhD in a related field (e.g., evolutionary biology, zoology, paleontology).  Ability to make regular day trips to Cambridge, MA to use ct-scanning facilities.

Preferred requirements include training in some combination of comparative anatomy, comparative methods, geometric morphometrics staining specimens for ct-scanning, 3D visualization of ct-scans, manipulation of 3D images, and mentoring or teaching experience.
Postdoctoral Research Associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending on experience.

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, summary of research interests, summary of mentoring/teaching experiences, and the contact details of three references to:

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=73899

For information email: bdumont@bio.umass.edu. 

Review of applications will begin July 25th, 2016. Applications received by July 25th 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. 

RESEARCH FELLOW, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
The Albertson Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass, Amherst) seeks a Research Fellow to generate and maintain lines of fish, and perform basic molecular biological research focused on the development and evolution of the skeletal system under the guidance and supervision of the Principle Investigator (Dr. Craig Albertson) and co-PI (Dr. Rolf Karlstrom).

This is a non-benefited, full-time 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, generation of stable mutant lines via CRISPR/cas9 system; fish husbandry and maintenance of zebrafish and cichlid stocks; basic molecular biology, include PCR, cloning, in situ hybridization analysis of gene expression; light and electron microscopic analysis of different mutant phenotypes; landmark-based morphometric analysis of craniofacial bone shape in experimental animals; use different transgenic zebrafish lines to conditionally regulate gene expression. Training of lab personnel in various husbandry and molecular biological techniques.

The successful candidate is required to have a B.S. in biology or related field. Highly desirable qualifications include 1-2 years experience with fish husbandry and/or fish developmental genetics. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Craig Albertson, albertson@bio.umass.edu.

Salary commensurate with experience.

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

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=75171

Review of applications will begin August 26, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by August 26th 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. 




Dr. Michael Greenberg is a Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard University School of Medicine. He will present a talk "Signaling networks that control synapse development and cognitive function" on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Integrated Learning Center room 151 as part of the Sinauer Seminar Series.




Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

A postdoctoral position is available in the Bartlett lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to work on an NSF-funded project on stem cell homeostasis and the CLAVATA-network genes. The CLAVATA (CLV) genes encode receptor-like kinases and their protein ligands, and have conserved roles controlling stem cell (meristem) homeostasis. This role in regulating meristem biology makes the CLV-network genes central players in the development of plant form, and in the evolution of plant form under domestication. Both the CLV receptors and the CLV ligands are members of highly redundant gene families with complicated evolutionary histories, impeding the accurate assessment of CLV-network gene function. In collaboration with the Jackson (CSHL), Lippman (CSHL) and Nimchuk (UNC) labs, we are working to understand this redundancy by determining the evolutionary histories of CLV-network genes, and by determining how these genes regulate meristem homeostasis, particularly in maize floral development.

The successful applicant to this position would work primarily on a molecular evolution project, uncovering the evolutionary history of the CLV-network genes in vascular plants. The project will involve extensive phylogenetic analysis of CLV-network gene families as well as analyses of non-coding sequences controlling CLV-network gene expression. Depending on the interests and expertise of the person hired, this project could include elucidating the molecular function of CLV-network genes in maize floral development, in a reverse genetics project using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing.

Qualified candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in plant biology, evolutionary biology, or a similar field of study, conferred within the last six years. Expertise in molecular phylogenetics, and in the analysis of genomic data in an evolutionary context is required. A keen interest in plant development and evo-devo is essential. Molecular lab experience working with DNA, RNA, and protein is preferred.

This is a benefited, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position. Initial appointment is for one year, reappointment beyond the first year (up to two additional years) is contingent upon job performance and availability of funding. It is expected that the appointee will work extended hours as necessary to complete individual experiments. Postdoctoral Research Associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending on years of experience. Salary is subject to bargaining unit contract.

UMass Amherst is home to a vibrant research community, with strengths in genomics, molecular biology, plant biology, and evolutionary biology. Opportunities exist both to learn a range of cutting edge experimental and analytical methods, and to develop new research projects. The Pioneer Valley, where the town of Amherst is located, is a great place to live and work. The area is naturally beautiful, and UMass Amherst is part of a consortium of five colleges in the area (www.fivecolleges.edu), making for an intellectually rich environment.

The position is available immediately, but the start date is negotiable. Candidates must apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, and the contact details of three references willing to provide letters of recommendation to:

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=76408

Questions can be addressed to Dr. Madelaine Bartlett at mbartlett@umass.edu.
Review of applications will begin September 28, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

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. 


Katelyn Mullen, a senior Biology major, is the recipient of a Biology Undergraduate Travel Award. She presented her research in a poster titled “New single-copy nuclear loci for scale insect’s systematics” at the International Symposium of Scale Insect Studies in Catania, Sicily this June. Katelyn works in the laboratory of Professor Ben Normark; he and Scott Schneider are coauthors on the abstract. She looks forward to presenting her research in this professional meeting and discussing her work with experts in her field. Congratulations, Katelyn!