110801 - Plant & Microbial BiologyDepartment:
110801 - Plant & Microbial BiologyJob City & State:
Raleigh, NCEssential Job Duties:
The Hawkes Lab has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the role of fungal endophytes in switchgrass nutrient acquisition and stress resilience. We are particularly interested in both understanding how plants maintain beneficial interactions with endophytes and how plant-fungal interactions scale to diverse communities, as well as their impacts on ecosystem carbon cycling. Specific responsibilities include: (1) functional tests in greenhouse experiments, (2) maintenance and characterization of fungal cultures needed for experiments, (3) biogeochemical and molecular sample processing, (4) bioinformatic and statistical analysis of data, and (5) manuscript writing and presentations based on results. The postdoc will meet frequently with Dr. Christine Hawkes to discuss best practices in grant writing, manuscript preparation, and mentoring.Other Work/Responsibilities:
The postdoc will also be expected to participate in general lab activities related to the project, including ordering supplies, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, organizing waste disposal, recording activities in paper and electronic notebooks, and mentoring undergraduates.Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm (additional hours as research requires)Department Required Skills:
- Experience with plant-fungal interactions and biogeochemical methods, strong statistical skills,
- Proficient verbal and written communication.
- Excellent record-keeping, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
- A robust sense of ethics and integrity.
- The ability to multi-task and work independently.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:
- The ability to work as part of a team that includes diverse people from different cultures.
Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of prior research success and publication of results in plant-microbe interactions, training in biogeochemistry and stable isotopes, and previous work in plant-fungal systems.
Required License or Certification:
- Preferred start date between Aug 1, 2021 and Oct 1, 2021.
- Valid NC Driver’s License of the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.
The position may occasionally need to drive to obtain supplies or ship samples to collaborators.Valid NC Driver's License required?:
YesCommercial Driver's License Required?:
NoAnticipated Hiring Range:
Commensurate with ExperienceJob Open Date:
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