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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Biological Sciences

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Biological Sciences
Salary: Anticipated salary range of $55,000 - $58,350
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General Summary of Position:

The Evolutionary Biomechanics and Functional Morphology Lab (, led by Dr. Nicolai Konow ( in the Department of Biological Sciences at University Massachusetts Lowell ( invites applications for a Post-doctoral Research Associateship (non-tenure track) to assist in studies aimed at determining the multi-scale underpinnings of musculoskeletal force production, funded by a National Science Foundation Integrative Biology Award.  Experience with animal research, direct instrumentation of muscles, isolated muscle ergometry, and/or X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology are desired qualifications. 

Our lab is a well-equipped facility with a stimulating academic environment for addressing questions about the structure and function of movement in a broad range of vertebrate species. We are recruiting several motivated and collaborative trainees into an NSF Int-BIO award that investigates multi-scale determinants of bite force.

Suitable candidates are those who are excited about multiscale biological phenomena and motivated to explore the unique opportunities provided by this award, in the Konow lab as well as across our recently established UMass Movement (UMOVE) Center. The incumbent will be provided with opportunities to shape extraordinary professional profiles via active investigation across scales of biological organization.

One of NSF’s missions for the Int-BIO mechanism is to promote cross-scale STEM education. Therefore, trainees on this project will be encouraged to explore at least two of the scales of biological organization covered within our project, including -omics (Gage lab), motor-protein interactions (Moore lab), muscle physiology and biomechanics (Konow lab), and multi-scale mathematical muscle modeling (Walcott lab).

All senior personnel on this project are proactive in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the award provides great opportunities (a) for mentoring diverse undergraduate, masters, and doctoral trainees, (b) for gaining experience in the classroom and (c) with targeted outreach to local STEM under-served high schools. If necessary, there will be flexibility for the incumbent to work remotely for parts of the appointment period.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • A Ph. D. in a related field prior to the start date
  • Evidence of a building, prolific record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated experience with experimental, hypothesis-driven research in e.g. comparative anatomy, functional morphology, and/or biomechanics of musculoskeletal function
  • Demonstrated experience with collecting biomechanical or physiological data from live animals
  • Explicit understanding of the importance of inquiry across scales of biological organization
  • An interest in gaining cross-disciplinary training that transcends scales of biological organization
  • Strong quantitative skills, or evidence of the ability to acquire such skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with activation, strain, and/or force measurements from intact muscles in situ or in vitro, or single muscle fibers in vitro
  • Experience with X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology or similar workflows for 3D motion-reconstruction
  • Experience with measuring muscle activation, strain, and/or force measurements from muscles in vivo

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for approximately one-year with a possibility of renewal based on productivity, successful performance and the availability of funding.

Please include a CV, cover letter describing your background and qualifications, and your student mentoring-teaching statement, and publications in peer-reviewed journals with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.

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