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Postdoctoral Research Scholar
North Carolina State University in the Raleigh, North Carolina
Date Posted 09/11/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will work on our new GRIP4PSI-funded project, addressing how foliar fungal endophytes rescue plants from stress. Responsibilities include: (1) greenhouse experiments for endophyte stress tests with pathogens and drought including microcosm development, (2) maintenance of fungal cultures needed for greenhouse experiments, (3) dual RNAseq processing of plant-fungal tissue samples, (4) bioinformatic and statistical analysis of data, and (5) manuscript writing and presentations based on results. The postdoc will meet frequently with Dr. Christine Hawkes to discuss best practices in grant writing, manuscript preparation, and mentoring.

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology conducts fundamental and translational research on contemporary problems in plant and microbial sciences. As part of the department, the Hawkes lab addresses the ecology of plant-microbe-soil interactions using molecules-to-ecosystems approaches.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will be expected to participate in general lab maintenance duties related to the project, including ordering supplies, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, organizing waste disposal, recording activities in paper and electronic notebooks, and training new lab members.

May occasionally need to drive to obtain supplies or ship samples to collaborators.

Minimum Experience/Education

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.

Departmental Required Skills
  • PhD in microbial ecology, microbiology, plant biology, plant pathology, or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years experience with plant-fungal interactions, transcriptomics, and R analysis of sequence data.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication.
  • Strong technical skills in plant and microbial sciences.
  • Excellent record keeping, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic and integrity.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently.
  • Ability to work as part of a team that includes diverse people from different cultures.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
  • Evidence of prior research success and publication of results in plant-microbe interactions.
  • Minimum 3 years experience generating and analyzing sequence data.
  • Previous work in plant-fungal systems.
  • Experience with corn, wheat, or soy.
  • Start date between Oct 1, 2020 and Jan 1, 2021.

Required License or Certification
  • Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one.

Special Instructions

Applicant Required Documents: Cover Letter, CV, and Contact Information for References.

Job Open Date

Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?

Proposed Hire Date


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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