Post-Doctoral Fellow (Nanoscience)

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Functional Title:

Post-Doctoral Fellow (Nanoscience)

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Position Eclass:

EP - EHRA 12 mo leave earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro 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 mission of the Nanoscience department is to prepare students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to conduct basic and advanced research in Nanoscience in industrial, governmental or academic settings. Within this context, the Nanoscience Department provides a graduate level trans-disciplinary educational and discovery research experience in the nanosciences, sustainable nanosystems, innovation and community engaged outreach. It also works collaboratively with the Nanoengineering Department to achieve an integrated foundational research program in emerging high impact areas. Scientists in this new and emerging field seek to comprehend, gather and organize knowledge of the nanoworld through careful observations and creative, visionary thinking. Nanoscience is a multidisciplinary field bringing together vast knowledge from mathematics and all the core sciences: physics, biology, chemistry, and from their derivatives such as material science, pharmacology, neurochemistry, ecology, etc. Consequently, nanoscientists are scientists engaging in an organized activity of manipulation of materials at atomic, molecular and macromolecular scales that are versatile and fluent in mathematics and the core sciences with a particular world view based on the synergy of these core sciences and on their derived applications to the macro world. Nanoscience is a new way of thinking about old things.

Position Summary:

The primary purpose of the Nanoscience Post-Doctoral Fellow position is to provide technical research support for experimental work in the Josephs lab related to molecular biology research funded by NIH grant 1R35GM133483-01 entitled “Complex Mechanisms of Mutation and Mutation Avoidance in Living Cells.” Responsibilities include preparation and performance of standard biomolecular assays using nucleic acids and proteins as well as protein expression and purification.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or related biomedical science
  • Ability to maintain a detailed, highly organized laboratory notebook

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Sterile technique
  • Experience in culturing and manipulating microorganisms highly desirable
  • BSL2 experience not required but a plus

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are asked to provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) contacts to provide Letters of Recommendation, in the References section of the electronic application. These contacts will be solicited by the SpartanTalent system via email and asked to provide a confidential Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This will occur as soon as the applicant submits the application for consideration.

Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Research Statement
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range:


Org #-Department:

Dean's Office - NN - 13201

Job Open Date:


For Best Consideration Date:


Open Until Filled:




Type of Appointment:

Time Limited

If time-limited, please specify end date for appointment.:

One year with possible reappointment

Number of Months per Year:




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Key Responsibility:

Molecular biology preparations and assays

Essential Tasks:

Prepare nucleic acids for sequencing as well as subcloning and cloning, and subsequent validation; perform protein expression, purification, activity validation, and molecular/biochemical assays.

Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:

Data preparation, organization, and analysis

Essential Tasks:

Maintain detailed and careful laboratory notebook; organize data across experiments and perform basic (descriptive and statistical) analysis of experimental results.

Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:

Laboratory maintenance and upkeep

Essential Tasks:

Maintain media and plates, stocks, and consumable inventory; assist in training lab members on biochemical/biomolecular techniques.

Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - o, Hand Movement-Grasping - o, Holding - o, Finger Dexterity - o, Reading - f, Writing - f, Eye-hand coordination - o, Vision-Color Distinction - r, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - f, Vision-Visual inspection - o, Talking - o, Standing - o, Sitting - o, Walking - o, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - o, Lifting-30-60 lbs. - o, Lifting-60-90 lbs. - o, Lifting-90 plus lbs. - r, Pushing/Pulling - o, Climbing-Stairs - o




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Job No:
Posted: 11/29/2020
Application Due: 1/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time