Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow Position in UMass Amherst, USA

Designation/Position- Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA invites application for Darwin Postdoctoral Fellow position from eligible and interested candidates 

About- 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.

Research/Job Area- Relevant to ecology, organismic or evolutionary biology

Location- University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA


  1. PhD in a field relevant to ecology, organismic or evolutionary biology
  2. Proven teaching skills

Job/Position Description- The Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at University of Massachusetts Amherst announces a two-year postdoctoral fellowship/lectureship.  OEB draws together more than 90 faculty from the Five Colleges (University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Amherst Colleges), offering unique training and research opportunities in the fields of ecology, organismic and evolutionary biology. Our research/lecture position provides recent PhD’s an opportunity for independent research with an OEB faculty sponsor, as well as experience mentoring graduate students and teaching a one-semester undergraduate biology course. To be qualified, a candidate must have a recent PhD in a field relevant to ecology, organismic or evolutionary biology and proven teaching skills. Position subject to availability of funds.

Examples of duties:

  1. Teach the equivalent of one undergraduate course each year in the Biology Department.
  2. Conduct independent research in the faculty sponsor’s lab.
  3. Serve as mentor to OEB graduate students, both informally and by leading discussion courses.
  4. Serve as lead instructor for two seminar courses for OEB Graduate Students.
  5. Co-supervise graduate research in faculty sponsor’s lab.

Other Functions

  1. 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.
  2. Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Salary Information

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 minimum of $47,476.

How to Apply- Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Apply by December 15, 2018 in order to ensure priority consideration.  Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  

Last Date for Apply15 December 2018

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