Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry of Plant Natural Products - University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.
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University of Massachusetts Amherst - Biological Chemistry of Plant Natural Products
The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications to fill a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the broad area of the biological chemistry of plant natural products. We are particularly interested in individuals who combine insight and interest in the structure and function of plant natural products and the enzymes in their biosynthetic pathways, along with a vision for how systems and synthetic biology can inform research and innovation in this field. The position will afford many collaborative opportunities both within and outside the department (with biologists, food scientists, chemical engineers, and agricultural scientists), and an individual with ability and interest to bridge to one or more of these disciplines is sought. The department also welcomes applicants with goals of utilising plant natural products as pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, or in agricultural improvement.
The successful candidate will have access to a recently acquired unique plant cell culture collection comprising ~2200 species of plants (http://pccl.library.umass.edu/) , the Mass Green High Performance Computing Center (http://www.mghpcc.org/), aswell as state-of-the art mass spectrometry, NMR, imaging and biophysical characterization instrumentation through the Institute of Applied Life Sciences (https://www.umass.edu/ials/ ). In addition, as a state land grant institution, UMass has farm and experiment station facilities to support applications in agriculture.