Post-Doctoral Fellow - Plant Ion Transporters/Channels

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Position Number999411Functional TitlePost-Doctoral Fellow - Plant Ion Transporters/ChannelsPosition TypePost-docsPosition EclassEP - EHRA 12 mo leave earningUniversity Information

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit

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.

Position Summary

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 Spring 2019. This position involves various assignments including original research and development, training students and participation in writing grant proposals to seek funding from 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. The successful candidate is expected to have a solid experience in molecular genetics and biotechnology in model and economically important plants including monocots. These include basic molecular biology skills (RT-PCR, qRT-PCR, Dot-blots, Southern and Western blots), 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. Experience on plant ion transporters 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.

Minimum 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.

Additional Required Certifications, Licensures, and CertificatesPreferred Qualifications

Solid experience on plant ion transporters, preferably, monocots.

Special Instructions to ApplicantsRecruitment RangeCommensurate with experienceOrg #-DepartmentBiology - 12204Job Open Date12/05/2018For Best Consideration DateJob Close DateOpen Until FilledYesFTE1.0 (Full-Time)Type of AppointmentTime LimitedIf time-limited, please specify end date for appointment.Number of Months per Year12FLSAExemptKey Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Percentage Of Time90Key Responsibility

Research and development

Essential Tasks

To research desirable traits in underutilized crops for stress resilience, nutritional quality and health benefit with a significant potential to improve global health and food security.
To participate in ongoing research in the lab including the study of extremophiles for stress resilience traits to overcome the impact of climate change.

Key Responsibilities

Percentage Of Time10Key Responsibility

Student training/co-supervision

Essential Tasks

To train and supervise students on proper research techniques and methods related to research.

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ADA Checklist

R for Rare (0-30%), O for Occasional (30-60%), F for Frequent (60-90%), C for Constant (90-100%).

Physical EffortHand Movement-Repetitive Motions - C, Hand Movement-Grasping - C, Holding - F, Finger Dexterity - F, Vision-Skilled Trades - F, Reading - F, Writing - F, Eye-hand coordination - F, Vision-Color Distinction - F, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - F, Vision-Visual inspection - F, Vision-Measuring/Assembling at distance close to eye - F, Hearing - C, Talking - C, Standing - F, Sitting - F, Walking - F, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - F, Lifting-30-60 lbs. - F, Bending - F, Squatting - F, Reaching - FWork EnvironmentDriving - Car/Truck - O, Inside - F, Outside - FApplicant DocumentsRequired Documents
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    Posted: 2/5/2019
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