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Functional Title:

Post Doctoral Fellow

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Position Eclass:

EP - EHRA 12 mo leave earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The UNCG Department of Biology endeavors toward excellence in conducting research and teaching biological concepts and skills to biology majors and graduate students, to prepare them for professional careers and more advanced study. We introduce non-biology majors to the foundations and applications of biology. By involving undergraduate and graduate students in research, we contribute to an increase society’s knowledge across the broad spectrum of biology. We train doctoral students in Environmental Health Science, a complex and rapidly changing discipline. Through laboratory training and directed research experiences, we enhance our students’ technical and analytical skills so that they can contribute meaningfully to an increasingly technological world. Our leadership in scientific innovation and discovery serves our students, profession, and our local and global communities.

Position Summary:

The Biology Department has a mission to generate new knowledge through research that impacts sub‐disciplines of biology. The position is dedicated to conducting research on how mercury biogeochemistry responds to different silvicultural practices aimed at restoring Longleaf Pine ecosystems. This is a100% grant-funded position for at least 6 months. There are three grants: one from NSF; one from USDA; and one from the US Dept. of Energy. All three grants are connected in examining the biogeochemistry of mercury, and its relation to environmental factors and other variables (e.g., soil organic matter) as related to silvicultural techniques to restore Longleaf Pine ecosystems. The successful candidate will work independently and will be a part of the leadership team with faculty from the US Forest Service, Clemson University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The successful candidate will oversee the collection, processing, and analyzing soil, water, and insect samples for total and methyl mercury. The candidate will also analyze the data collected and draft papers and presentations to be shared at national and/or international meetings where work on biogeochemistry of mercury in forest ecosystems or changes in biogeochemistry due to different silvicultural practices are relevant. The candidate will supervise at least one undergraduate student and also be in charge of the laboratory including lab safety and will also have responsibility to ensure that the necessary laboratory supplies and chemicals are available in the lab and disposed of properly. The candidate may also need to make a few overnight trips to the Santee Experimental Forest to collect samples, assist with sensor placement or collection of data, and interact with team members. This position is absolutely critical for UNCG to meet the expectations and deliverables of the granting agencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. P.h.D. required in Environmental Health Sciences, Toxicology, Biogeochemistry
2. Demonstrated experience in the measurement of total and methyl mercury in soil, water, and insect samples.
3. Demonstrated experience in sample collection and processing of soil, water, and insect samples collected in forest ecosystems for chemical analyses
4. Demonstrated experience in working with environmental sensors in a forest ecosystem
5. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and also a member of the team

Preferred Qualifications:

1. P.h.D. required in Environmental Health Sciences, Toxicology, Biogeochemistry
2. Demonstrated experience in the measurement of total and methyl mercury in soil, water and insect samples.
3. Demonstrated experience in sample collection and processing of soil, water and insect samples collected in forest ecosystems for chemical analyses
4. Demonstrated experience in working with environmental sensors in a forest ecosystem
5. Demonstrated ability to work both independently but also a member of the team

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. The application must be completed in full detail for your qualifications to be considered.
Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:
  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range:

$43,217 – $50,649

Org #-Department:

Biology - 12204

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:




Type of Appointment:

Time Limited

If time-limited, please specify end date for appointment.:

12/31/2022 This position is time-limited with the possibility of renewal based on grant funding

Number of Months per Year:




Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:

Conducting Experiments/Procedures

Essential Tasks:

Oversee and conduct sample processing and the analysis of water, soil, and insect samples for total and methyl mercury. There may also be a few trips to the Santee experiment forest to collect samples.
Participate actively as a member of the project leadership team with the PI and colleagues from Clemson, University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
In doing these tasks the candidate will also have responsibility for ensuring laboratory safety in the mercury laboratory.
Performs tests, procedures, and experiments applying specialized skills, knowledge, and equipment; modifies and refines techniques and procedures to meet research objectives; manages multiple, concurrent projects or a multi-faceted project.
Provides oversight of technical programs and administrative activities in a research setting – research laboratories and/or agricultural research stations including quality assurance and safety programs; coordinates and manages facilities, equipment, supplies, and related resources; monitors environmental risks and quality control; understands and complies with safety standards to maintain a safe environment.

Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:

Data Analysis

Essential Tasks:

Performs statistical analysis; interprets and evaluates results; prepares reports and/or presentations; monitors and collects research data to assess accuracy, validity, and integrity.

Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:


Essential Tasks:

Prepare, draft and prepare publications as well prepare and present posters and/or abstracts for national and international science meetings.
Clearly and concisely conveys information verbally and in written form; effectively presents ideas to individuals or groups to ensure that they understand the information and message.
Presents research results and summaries; adheres to reporting requirements of research project(s); contributes to the writing of publications and reports.

Percentage Of Time:


Key Responsibility:

Knowledge-based duties as assigned

Essential Tasks:

Achieves a high level of professional/scientific skill or knowledge in specific area(s) and keeps up with current developments and trends in area(s) of expertise.
Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods, and processes (technical and/or theoretical) used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry including study design, methods of data collection and analysis, and interpreting and reporting results; ability to operate instruments and equipment; knowledge of related information technology.

Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions, Hand Movement-Grasping, Holding, Finger Dexterity, Vision-Skilled Trades, Reading, Writing, Hearing, Talking, Standing, Sitting, Walking, Lifting-0-30 lbs.

Work Environment:

Driving - Car/Truck, Inside, Outside


UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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