Open Date: 05/14/2018
Date Initial Screening Begins:
Minimum Education/Experience: English Proficiency Excellent written and oral communication skills PhD
Special Instructions to Applicant: To be considered for this position, all applicants must apply through PeopleAdmin and attach their CV or resume, cover letter and names and contact information of 3 references. Appointments are typically for a one year period. Five years (typically five appointments of one year) is typically the maximum total period that any individual may serve as a Scholar. The University, in its sole discretion has the option to renew or extend any appointment, subject to the availability of funds, past performance evaluations and/or any other lawful reasons. For other information on the ECU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, please visit our website at: http://www.ecu.edu/postdoctoralaffairs/
Job Duties: A postdoctoral scholar position is immediately available to study in the general areas of cyclic-di-GMP, chemotaxis, motility, and virulence mechanisms of spirochetes (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/microbiology/fac_Motaleb.cfm). The postdoctoral scholar is responsible for independent and collaborative development, implementation, and analysis of scientific research in the discipline of biology of spirochetes. Responsibilities include management of all aspects of to study the genetics and virulence mechanisms of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease spirochete, and to develop and implement new ideas to study disease progression caused by the spirochete. Duties include: hypothesis development, literature review, collection of pilot data, report writing, and supervising of undergraduate research students and graduate research students, overseeing data collection procedures, supervising experimental procedures, review of data for quality control, supervision of data entry/data analysis, analysis of research hypothesis using descriptive and multivariate statistics, and the development of independent and collaborative presentations and publications. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including biosafety, responsible conduct of research and human subjects training. Approximately 90% of the postdoctoral scholar's time will be devoted to research. Approximately 10% of the postdoctoral scholar's time will be devoted to managing the day-to-day activity of undergraduate and graduate research students in the laboratory.