Postdoctoral Research Scholar - DEPP

NC State University
Mills River, NC

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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number:


Position Number:


Position Type:

Post Doc



Department ID:

111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology


111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology

Job City & State:

Mills River, NC

Essential Job Duties:

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar coordinate a project to study interactions of resident and released natural enemies of spider mites and thrips, leading to enhanced biological control in vegetable cropping systems. The success of the project will be assessed by quantifying impacts on pest populations, pesticide inputs for targeted pests, and the economics of crop production. The project offers the opportunity to gain Extension experience by working directly with growers, extension agents, and the crop protection industry in on-farm studies and educational programs. In addition to the research and extension responsibilities, the Postdoc will be expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present the results of the project at scientific and grower/commodity meetings, prepare project reports, and supervise technical staff and student workers. The Postdoc will meet frequently with the supervisor to discuss best practices in grant writing, manuscript preparation, and mentoring.

Please Note: This position is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

  • Supervise technical staff, write reports and manuscripts, make oral presentations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

Department Required Skills:

  • Ph.D. in Entomology or Ecology or closely related field.
  • Experience conducting applied, field-oriented research in the general area of integrated pest management or insect ecology, and sound knowledge of statistics.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences, and to work independently as well as in a team environment.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

  • Ph.D. in Entomology, Ecology, or related field, and experience in the area of landscape ecology, including spatial statistics, GIS, and modeling
  • Ph.D. awarded within 5 years or less.

Required License or Certification:

  • Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.
The position will need to drive to research sites on a daily basis, sometimes for several hours.

Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

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