University of North Carolina Greensboro
Vacancy Announcement – Postdoctoral Fellow
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Biology teaches biological concepts and research methods to biology and medical technology majors and prepares them for professional careers and/or advanced study. We also introduce non-biology majors to basic biological knowledge and its applications to our society. We prepare graduate students for professional careers and/or further graduate study. By involving undergraduate and graduate students in research, we increase society’s knowledge of living organisms and their environments and we enhance our students’ technical and analytical skills so that they can contribute meaningfully to an increasingly technological society. We apply our skills by serving the University, our profession, and the larger community.
The Department of Biology is currently seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work in the recently established Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory starting from January 2019. This position involves various assignments including original research and development, training students and participation in writing grant proposals to seek funding from charitable foundations and state and federal agencies. This is an excellent opportunity to join a brand-new laboratory with a goal of exploring and improving desirable traits in underutilized crops for stress resilience, nutritional quality and health benefit with a significant potential to improve global health and food security. Moreover, the candidate will participate in an ongoing research in the lab including the study of extremophiles for stress resilience traits to overcome the impact of climate change.
Responsibilities and Skills: The successful candidate is expected to have a solid experience in molecular genetics and biotechnology in model and economically important plants. These include basic molecular biology skills (RT-PCR, qRT-PCR, Dot-blots, Southern and Western), design and construction of single and multigene expression vectors, plant tissue culture, agrobacterium-mediated or biolistic gene transfer methods (preferably monocot transformation), genotyping and phenotyping of transgenic plants under controlled growth chambers, greenhouses or field conditions, knowledge of plant physiology and genomic regulation, plant biochemistry and statistical data analysis. A candidate with CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing and RNA-Seq data analysis is preferred. Experience in training students is a plus. The candidate is expected to have an excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English and a strong publication record in peer reviewed journals.
Qualifications: PhD in Molecular Biology, Plant Biotechnology and related fields, with good understanding of genetic engineering in plants or other organisms, and at least 2 years “hands on” technical experience in this fields.
Salary: will be commensurate with experience and includes North Carolina State benefits. This position is initially for one year, and reappointment will be based on successful performance and productivity.
How to apply: Application package (curriculum vitae, cover letter and contact information of three professional references) will be submitted at https://spartantalent.uncg.edu/. Click on “Post-doc” (position #999411).
Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. UNCG is proud to be designated a Minority Serving Institution with 28% African Americans and 8% Hispanic or Latino Americans. (http://admissions.uncg.edu/discover-about.php). We seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool and women and members of underrepresented STEM groups are particularly encouraged to apply. UNCG is an EOE/Affirmative Action/M/F/DV employer with a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity. It is located in a metropolitan area of more than 1.6 million in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. For information about our department, see http://biology.uncg.edu/.