Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Position Number: 00106429
Essential Job Duties: The Post Doc position will be part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of scientists focused on ecological and molecular interactions between hemipteran insect vectors, plant viruses, and agronomic and weed host species. The position will work primarily with cereal aphids and barley yellow dwarf viruses, with some extension to other important hemipteran vectors, to characterize vector transmission dynamics, viruliferous vector dispersal in monoculture and mixed host populations under controlled environments, and plant host specificity using quantitative ecological and transcriptomics tools. The positoin will also mentor and manage undergraduate researchers.
Department Required Skills: * Ph.D. in Entomology, Plant Pathology, or related discipline. * Demonstrated experience with temporal and spatial sampling of insects in field and greenhouse settings, experimental design and statistical analysis and/or programming (SAS or R), standard molecular biology techniques, handling insects and/or plant viruses, and bioinformatics. * Independent researcher with excellent scientific and writing skills.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Ph.D. in Entomology, Plant Pathology, or related discipline, with an emphasis in Vector Biology and Plant Virus-Vector Interactions. * Hands-on experience with insect transmission of plant viruses, molecular virus-detection techniques (RNA viruses) for insect and plant tissue analysis, and classroom-training and research experience with SAS or R programming. * Grant-writing experience.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: * Valid driver's license.
AA/EOE: 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.
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