Post Doctoral Associate

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Posting Number NCA216P

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Working Title Post Doctoral Associate

Position Number 16779

Department Entomology

About the University

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

This announcement is for a postdoctoral position to study plant-insect interactions. This is a 12-month, full-time appointment, with renewal subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding. The goals of the project are to study the impacts of aphid infestation on plant physiology, including their impacts on photosynthetic activity, chloroplast structure and function, and cellular redox status. The postdoctoral associate will also assist with the development of new approaches to measure plant health and productivity in response to insect infestations.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

A Ph.D. in entomology is required, as well as prior experience with fluorescence microscopy and measurements of photosynthetic activity based on analysis of chlorophyll fluorescence and gas exchange. Candidates should also have strong written and oral communication skills, extensive experience in statistical analysis (as evidenced by graduate-level coursework in statistics), and prior experience working independently to design, conduct, and analyze experiments.

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications

A strong background in plant-herbivore interactions is highly preferred. Prior experience with real-time PCR, gas chromatography, metabolomics, high throughput plant phenotyping, genetic crosses, statistical analysis in R, and/or imaging of fluorescent or luminescent reporter gene activity in planta is also highly desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Candidates should also have strong written and oral communication skills, extensive experience in statistical analysis (as evidenced by graduate-level coursework in statistics), and prior experience working independently to design, conduct, and analyze experiments.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division's Office of Affirmative Action at [email protected].

Physical Conditions The employee is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside., The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or vehicles, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to chemicals, biological, radiological or hazardous materials.

Work Schedule M-F 9:00-5:30

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate to education and experience

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? Yes

Does this position require a background check? Yes

Does this position require a substance abuse test? Yes

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal] background check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 11/19/2018

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Dr. Fiona Goggin
[email protected]

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

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    Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    3. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
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      Posted: 11/10/2018
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