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University of Massachusetts Amherst Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kinesiology in Amherst, Massachusetts

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kinesiology

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)

Location: UMass Amherst


Union:Post Doc

Categories: Research

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 College Consortium (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

The employee will conduct research in Professor Jane Kent’s Muscle Physiology Lab in the Kinesiology Department related to her NIH-funded project on muscle function and aging. The postdoctoral fellow will assist with the conduct of all studies, analyze and present data, supervise student researchers and be active in presenting and publishing this work at conferences and in journals. The fellow will work with all members of the research team, including the Project Coordinator. The employee will participate in weekly lab meetings with Dr. Kent and her research team, as well as monthly all-team meetings related to the project.

Examples of Duties

  • Implement studies related to PI’s research program.

  • Perform data collection and analysis.

  • Conduct reviews of relevant literature.

  • Supervise the work of student researchers on this project.

  • Prepare abstracts, manuscripts, presentations, reports related to this project.

  • Maintain IRB and other compliance related to project.

  • Coordinate studies with with faculty co-investigators and their research teams.

  • Meet regularly with the PI to evaluate progress on all aspects of the project.


  • PhD in muscle physiology or related field.

  • Evidence of potential for fostering a diverse working environment.

  • Demonstrated productivity in publishing papers and presenting at research conferences.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a research team.

  • Dacility with spreadsheets and data visualization using Microsoft suite.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of muscle metabolism.

  • Familiarity with literature on aging and muscle physiology.

  • Statistical expertise.

  • Experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate researchers.

  • Experience with IRB protocols and human subjects research.

  • Facility with matlab, R, or similar programs.


  • NIH Postdoctoral Stipend

Additional Information

  • Typical Office/Lab Environment

  • M-F 40 hours per week

  • For questions about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Kent

Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.

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.

Advertised: Feb 27 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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