Postdoctoral Research Scholar

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Position Type:

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Department ID:

111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology


111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology

Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties:

A Postdoctoral Research Scholar position is available in the lab of Dr. Anders Huseth at North Carolina State University to work on characterizing the phenology and spatial structure of Melanotus communis in sweet potato agroecosystems. The research focuses on documenting the interaction between M. communis and different crop patches in the landscape. The incumbent will help to develop a research program that integrates farmer production practices (i.e., crop rotation) and landscape-level habitat composition. Research will investigate how varying spatiotemporal abundance of corn and other crops affects the probability of sweet potato damage from M. communis. This position will ask questions at the interface of geospatial sciences and ecosystem modeling to determine critical factors that affect population levels, management practices and IPM at local and regional levels. Project outcomes will provide a foundation to develop more effective IPM strategies that are interwoven with conventional pest management practices to improve the control of this pest while minimizing the environmental footprint of row crop agriculture.
This position will involve a combination of field ecology and computational approaches to understand patterns of pest abundance and crop associations. The successful candidate will be expected to design and implement sampling plans, analyze results, and summarize information. The position will include a combination of the following tasks: on-farm field work in fields across NC; data analysis and modeling; manuscript preparation; presentation of results at grower-oriented stakeholder and national scientific meetings.

At present, this position is available for two (2) years and is contingent on performance and the continued availability of funds.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

  • The position may be required to drive to field sites in North Carolina.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Department Required Skills:

  • PhD in entomology, ecology, integrative biology, geography, or another related field.
  • Proficiency in GIS (ArcGIS or GRASS) and statistical modeling platforms.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team research setting.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

  • Experience leveraging geospatial data with statistical approaches to relate biological responses to landscape composition and configuration.

Required License or Certification:

  • Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/12/2021
Application Due: 5/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time