Postdoctoral Research Scholar - PMB

NC State University
Raleigh, NC
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

Job Details

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Position Number:


Position Type:

Post Doc



Department ID:

110801 - Plant & Microbial Biology


110801 - Plant & Microbial Biology

Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC

Essential 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:

  • PhD in a related field.
  • 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.
  • The ability to work as part of a team that includes diverse people from different cultures.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

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.

  • Preferred start date between Aug 1, 2021 and Oct 1, 2021.

Required License or Certification:

  • 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.

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Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

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