Postdoctoral Research Associate


The Adler Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass, Amherst) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to assess how sunflower pollen and plantings affect bumble and honey bee health under the guidance and supervision of the Principle Investigator. The appointee is expected to establish some independence in research design and execution, and to publish her/his work as appropriate in collaboration with the principle investigator.

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. Funding is available for two years. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, deploying bumble bee colonies in field and farm settings with different diet treatments and measuring colony performance; measuring foraging behavior using RFID tagging; coordinating with farmers to conduct on-farm research; coordinating with the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) to conduct honey bee dose trials at commercial apiaries; and training lab personnel in various experimental techniques.

The successful candidate is required to have a Ph.D. in biology, entomology, ecology or related field by the time of hire. Highly desirable qualifications include experience working with bumble or honey bees in field and/or lab settings, demonstrated record of publishing research in quality journals, experience communicating or working with beekeepers and/or farmers, expertise in R and statistical analysis, experience and/or strong interest in plant-insect interactions and applied ecology, and experience or interest in mentoring undergraduates. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Lynn Adler,

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, with a salary minima of $47,476.

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:

Review of applications will begin September 22, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by September 22, 2017 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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