Postdoctoral Fellow

Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC

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Position Title::

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Full-time or Part-time::

Full Time


Biological and Forensic Sciences

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EHRA (Non-Faculty)

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Hiring Range::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum salary::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Maximum salary::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

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Description of primary duties and responsibilities::

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:
The Department of Biological and Forensic Sciences (DOBFS) offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Forensic Sciences. The department provides a high-quality and excellent undergraduate instruction in Biology and a solid foundation for upper division work and gives students opportunity to broaden her/his knowledge before deciding on a specific major or profession.

Under the administration of DOBFS, the Plant-Insect Interaction Research Laboratory has been established as a platform to conduct student-centered research to investigate the impact of environmental stress on plant-insect interaction. The research has been funded by FSU, USDA, and NSF over the past 15 years and served as a platform to for student training, faculty enhancement, and national and international collaboration. The mission of the Laboratory is to make meaningful scientific discoveries, engage FSU students in research and scientific communication, promote student success, and facilitate social mobility through research and education one student a time.

Description of Work Continued::

Primary Purpose of the Position:
This is a one (1) year time-limited position with the possibility to renew for two (2) additional years dependent upon funding availability and performance. Funding is supported by NSF including annual salary and fringe benefits. NSF funded FSU with a project entitled “Excellence in Research: Phytohormones and Heat-Induced Loss of Wheat Resistance to Hessian Fly (Award Number (FAIN): 2100425). The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct research and work with undergraduate students in the lab, which will make meaningful scientific discoveries, promote student success, and enhance the research capacity of FSU.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be supervised by the PI, Dr. Lieceng Zhu. She/he will conduct
the research, train undergraduate students, and support the project via the following activities:

(1) Conduct research and scholarly activities to disclose the role of phytohormones in the heat induced loss of wheat resistance to Hessian fly infestation.
(2) Train and work with undergraduate students in research.
(3) Assist the PI in achieving the broader impacts of the project.
(4) Assisting the PI in teaching classes and/or labs.
(5) Manage day-to-day lab activities and maintain instruments in the lab.
(6) Execute other related activities assigned by the PI.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements::

Hold a Ph.D. degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Entomology, or other related disciplines at the time of employment. The successful candidate must have a strong research background in plant molecular biology, with interest and demonstrated experiences in RNA and gene regulation. Experiences in Plant-parasite Interaction, Real-time qPCR analysis, Bioinformatics, Virus-induced gene silence, and the ability of implementing innovative approaches are highly desirable. The candidate should possess a good level of communication skills and is able to work with undergraduate students at Fayetteville State University.

Preferred Qualifications::

No administrative authority.
Report to the department chair and the PI.
Evaluation will be performed via an annual evaluation by the PI.

Open Until Filled::


Additional Information for Applicants:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified prior to employment. Transcripts should be provided for all earned degrees and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements. Transcript requests are the responsibility of the candidate.

EEO Statement::

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable).

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, political affiliation or sexual orientation. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Veteran's Statement:

Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.


Working at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a member of the prestigious University of North Carolina System. Situated in southeastern North Carolina, FSU prides itself in being in one of the most diverse cities in the country and neighbor to one of the nation’s largest military installations – Fort Bragg.

FSU has a rich history that serves as genesis for its current status as a leading institution of higher learning. A year after the Civil War ended, the Phillips School provided primary education to Fayetteville’s black citizens, and the Sumner School provided intermediate education for this population. The two schools were consolidated in 1869 and dedicated in April of that year as the Howard School, in honor of the Freedman’s Bureau chief General O.O. Howard. Seven prominent African-American men pooled $136 to purchase two lots for the first building that housed the Howard School. Robert Harris was named the first principal of the Howard School.

In 1877, the Howard School became not just the first public normal school for African Americans in North Carolina but also the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the South. It was renamed the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville that year, Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1939, Fayetteville State College in 1963, and Fayetteville State University in 1969.

While FSU’s roots are as a teacher education institution, it now offers nearly 70 degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. Many of the programs are accredited by the top agencies. The university’s School of Business and Economics is endorsed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is one of the most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies for business programs in higher education. Currently, less than one-third of U.S. business programs and only 15% of the world's business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Receipt of this distinguished accreditation provides evidence that FSU’s School of Business and Economics has established itself as a leader among business schools. Additionally, the Master of Business Administration program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review as one of the best graduate business school programs in the country. The Department of Criminal Justice is accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). FSU’s criminal justice program is the only such program in North Carolina to hold ACJS certification.

FSU is rapidly becoming a center for research and technology. In spring 2010, the university, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, cut the ribbon on the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Center. The center is home to the electron microprobe, an advanced imaging tool that magnifies objects up to 300,000 times.

FSU is a partner in the community. The institution has formulated a strong relationship with the local municipality and with civic and social organizations in the area. The institution enjoys its partnership with its military neighbors. In the coming years, as a result of Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC), Fort Bragg will be home to more than 50,000 soldiers and some of the nation’s top military brass. To address their educational needs, FSU has implemented a degree in intelligence studies with plans to offer more academic programs with the military in mind.

Students who come to FSU know they will be learning in a nurturing environment from some of the top scholars in their respective fields. As they matriculate, they know their degrees will prepare them to be 21st century global scholars, change agents, and contributing members of society.

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