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Post Doc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Mafu Lab
University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts
Date Posted 11/30/2020
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Apply now Job no:506793
Work type:Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location:UMass Amherst
Department: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Union: Post Doc
Categories:Postdoctoral Research Associate

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Mafu Lab, in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is broadly interested in natural product biochemistry in both plants and fungi focusing on biosynthetic pathway elucidation, chemical biology and understanding the roles of metabolites in the biological system.  Under the general supervision of Dr. Sibongile Mafu, the prospective postdoc will advance existing projects and be free to identify mutually agreed on new topics for development. The goal is to ensure preparedness and competitiveness of the postdoc for advancement to a next career phase through scientific growth, opportunities to present at national and international meetings, and publishing research findings. The position will also include support to attend scientific and/or professional development workshops consistent with advancing the individual’s career goals.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • To be engaged in all aspects of planning and carrying out research, including designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data.
  • Mentor and help with technical training of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment as is applicable.
  • Write reports and/or papers on completed research in cooperation with the PI.
  • Participate and present research results to lab members, in department colloquia, and to professional groups.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • 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)

  • PhD required in the field of Biochemistry, Chemistry or closely related field.
  • Different methodologies are involved from the inception to the publication of the ongoing research. The position is suited for a researcher with demonstrated ability and willingness to learn/adopt new knowledge in functions listed below and shows evidence of ability to conduct experiments independently. Expertise in one or more of the following is required.
    • Heterologous expression of enzymes in different in vivo systems. Skills involve gene cloning, choice of appropriate methods of expression, and recombinant protein purification and analysis.
    • Knowledge and familiarity of analytical techniques necessary for structural determination of small molecules (GC/LC-MS, HPLC & NMR).
    • Familiarity with bioinformatics, such that the individual can either lead or contribute to the discussion and design of research that requires analysis using large databases.
  • A record of scholarly achievement as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals and presentation of research at national or international meetings.
  • Intellectual curiosity and initiative to develop new methodologies.
  • Strong communication and reporting skills are essential.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Ability to work in a lab environment.

Work Schedule

40 hours per week – flexible schedule.

Salary Information

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be consistent with the postdoctoral bargaining unit contract.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Apply by January 1, 2021 to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.  

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.

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