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The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will also be a part of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), which has a primary goal of developing translational research programs, fostering interactions with industry, and training of the life sciences workforce.

We are seeking a researcher to establish a program that is focused on microbiomes, or on microbiome-host interactions, and that will lead to improvements in human health. The focus may be on any or all components of the microbiome: bacteria, fungi, archaea, protists, and/or viruses, as they relate to specific diseases or dysfunction in human health. The successful candidate will be able to take full advantage of substantial investments in campus infrastructure and core facilities (see http://www.umass.edu/ials/core-facilities for more details). They will join the Biology department, a group of scientists with diverse interests, including developmental biology, neurobiology, animal physiology, cell biology, microbiology, genomics, evolution, and ecology. They will also work with an interdepartmental group of colleagues united around the theme of “Microbiome, Microbes & Infectious Diseases” at the IALS Models to Medicine Center.

Requirements:
Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and outstanding potential to build a vibrant, active research program and to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, research plan, teaching statement, contact information for three references, and a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion).

Online applications can be uploaded at the following link:

https://secure.dc4.pageuppeople.com/apply/822/gateway/Default.aspx?c=app...

UMass Amherst 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, UMass Amherst 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 UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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

Courtney Babbitt, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received a three-year, $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to use new state-of-the-art computational, evolutionary and experimental methods to examine how natural selection has shaped gene expression in the human brain. Babbitt and colleagues will test the hypothesis that there are functional links between adaptation in the genome and changes in neural types that occurred during human evolution.
See the full article here:
https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-genomics-research...

Job Summary
The Skouta group (http://people.chem.umass.edu/skouta/) is seeking a highly motivated synthetic medicinal chemistry post-doc to join the new laboratory. The Skouta Group research covers medicinal chemistry, protein chemistry, computer modeling, biological assays and in vitro studies. The major therapeutic focuses are cancer, neurodegeneration and infection diseases. The successful candidate will be involved in the design and synthesis of small molecule drug candidates with well-defined mode of action for the development of better therapeutic treatments.

The candidate needs be to proficient in designing synthetic routes and solving challenging problems in multi-step synthesis. The candidate also needs to have medicinal chemistry knowledge including but not limited to ligand-receptor interactions and structure-based drug design, SAR exploration, parallel and library synthesis, computer modeling, biological tests including cell line assay and in vivo studies, etc. The appointee is expected to establish some independence in research design and execution, and to publish his/her work as appropriate in collaboration with the principal investigator.

Essential Functions
Develop an elegant synthetic pathway of the desired scaffold to create a set of analogs efficiently.

Creation of analogues with high purity for biology testing.

Structure activity relationship study an invitro testing of biologically active compounds with better drug-like properties.

ADME/PK/toxicity testing

Development of in vitro assays such as knock out genes of interest (CRISPR/Cas9) to evaluate the biological properties of the compounds.

Other Functions
Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. In the performance of work, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction. Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, medicinal chemistry or a related field.

Previous work with drug design and creation of novel molecules.

Interest in evaluating small molecules against a panel of cell lines.

Experience with mentoring students and collaborative work with other groups.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities for action, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction in a fast-paced office environment.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students.

Ability to organize and prioritize goals; ability to collaborate well to formulate plans and objectives in accordance with overall college goals; ability to identify and implement process improvements.

Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to set and meet deadlines while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, a summary of research accomplishments and contact information for three professional references. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

Please apply at the following link:
http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/496615/postdoctoral-research-...

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. http://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion.

UMass Amherst 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, UMass Amherst 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 UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Congratulations to Emma Dauster, Vazey lab, NSB and Josh Moyer, Irschick lab, OEB. This award provides up to $1000 in research funds to be used for supplies or for travel to field sites or conferences, or to attend a course that provides specialized training in a discipline.

Emma Dauster: Sex differences in noradrenergic attention regulation.

Josh Moyer: The Form, Function, and Evolution of Feeding in Sharks