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Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Biology
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will participate in the fields of community ecology and evolutionary ecology within the Department of Biology. The incumbent will assist the laboratory Principal Investigator (PI) in new and on-going research projects that include both field and laboratory work. Specifically, the incumbent will develop a one-year project (with the possibility to expand for another year) that complements the lab’s on-going research and will participate in and assist with the organization of the laboratory’s experiments, as well as field data collection and molecular work. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will help expand the department’s current research program, which focuses on understanding the process that promote and maintain diversification, and how human disturbances can alter ecological and evolutionary processes in nature.  The incumbent will participate in cutting-edge research in ecology and evolutionary biology; and will offer a stimulating academic environment with opportunities to collaborate in a team setting, gain valuable written/oral communication skills, and co-author publications.

Current projects include: 1) understanding the evolution of diet breadth of insect herbivores, focusing on top-down and bottom-up selective pressures on a generalist herbivore (fall webworm). 2) experimental evolution using budding yeast to describe coevolutionary and community dynamics of mutualism.

Future projects: genetic basis of diet breadth, using candidate genes; coevolution in multi-species mutualisms, exploitation of mutualisms, invasion of mutualistic communities.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Assist the laboratory Principal Investigator (PI) in new and on-going research projects;
  • Participate in and assist with the organization of the laboratory’s molecular work, and lab and field experiments;
  • Assist with field data collection and experiments;
  • Assist with maintenance of insect colonies and yeast cultures 
  • Assist with training and monitoring undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Assist with writing of scientific publications and grants;
  • Participate in other departmental activities such as seminars and journal clubs;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


PhD in Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Community Ecology, Evolutionary Biology or a closely related field is required. Hands-on experience with rearing and handling insects. Experience with molecular techniques (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, primer design, sequencing) and data analysis. Proficiency in basic microbiology skills such as making solutions, culturing microorganisms, and sterile technique is preferred, but not necessarily required. Experience in integrating data from field observations and experiments to answer questions related to community dynamics and species interactions. Applicants should have demonstrated knowledge of concepts and theories related to species interactions, with preference for insect-plant interactions, tri-trophic interactions, and/or mutualism. Strong publication record is also necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions;
  • Ability to work well with others;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Strong record-keeping skills;

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references. 

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Salary Range: $48,000 - $55,000

This is a non-union position. 

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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