Research Scholar

Position Number: 00106640

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The NC State University Plants for Human health Institute (PHHI) is a newly established Institute located on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. The NC Research Campus was created to have all aspects of human health and nutrition in one place complimented by multiple state and private entities providing the academic and research resources. The PHHI currently houses researchers and staff from various departments including Horticulture Science, Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, Plant Biology, Cooperative Extension, Genetics, Agriculture and Resource Economics, and NCARS. Each faculty member is provided funding to support 1.0 FTE Support Staff.

Essential Job Duties: Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) Nutrition Genomics Faculty member, Dr. Massimo Iorizzo, is seeking a highly motivated individual to join the lab as a Research Scholar. The Research Scholar is expected to conduct advanced research in the group to develop genomic resources and reconcile, analyze complex multi-omics datasets to study genes and metabolic pathways affecting accumulation of health-promoting, phytoactive compounds in fruit and vegetable crops. The position is expected to coordinate and/or conduct multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project. This position will also engage in a vigorous basic and applied genomics and computational research laboratory focused on the use of next generation sequencing, high performance computing, and computational biology to advance research and educational priorities at the Plants for Human Health Institute. Develop and provide training and outreach material on bioinformatics and computational applications and tools in an HPC environment. Develop and maintain new analytical pipelines and computational/statistical approaches to analyze data. The position will assist in preparation technical reports, grant proposal, manuscripts and presentations, including development of independent research objectives. The position will also assist in the training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. *This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.*

Minimum Education/Experience: * Ph.D in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or related field. * Previous postdoctoral experience (at least 1-2 year).

Department Required Skills: * Procurement and management of computational resources. * Management of laboratory staff including assisting in the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students with PI. * Experience with advanced sequence technologies to study plant genomes and characterize genes involved in secondary metabolite accumulation. This includes genome assembly, gene prediction, gene annotation, quantitative transcriptome analysis and integration of multi-omics data to perform gene network analysis. * Strong written and oral communication skills with ability to develop manuscripts, grant proposals and presentations.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Working knowledge of metabolic pathways and database development and management. This includes knowledge of advanced programming and other computational skills as appropriate for advanced plant genomic studies. * 5 years of relevant bioinformatics/plant genomics experience. * Experience with database development and management.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: * A valid NC drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

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.

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 verified at "www.wes.org":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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