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Postdoctoral Scholar - Biology & Marine Biology

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Department Biology & Marine Biology - 32310
Vacancy Number TE80FAC
Working Title Postdoctoral Scholar - Biology & Marine Biology
Job Title Postdoctoral Scholar
Job Category Faculty/Teaching
Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar to begin Spring 2023.
This is a 1-year term appointment with opportunity for renewal at 1-year intervals, contingent on the availability of funding through June 2026. A UNCW postdoctoral scholar is a 12-month full-time temporary non-faculty position.
Funding for this opportunity is through an NSF-BSF collaborative grant: Interbacterial and environmental signaling impacts on Vibrio coralliilyticus pathogenesis of coral. This position will focus on the environmental and molecular signals associated with regulating virulence and interbacterial interactions between this pathogen and the host microflora. This collaborative effort will include the use of metatranscriptomics, proteomics, molecular cloning, mutagenesis, and live host infection experiments.
The primary responsibility of the Postdoctoral Researcher position will focus on molecular cloning, mutagenesis, and infection experiments in the lab.
The UNCW postdoctoral scholar will:
  • Have a primary faculty mentor.
  • Develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) in coordination with their faculty mentor.
  • Participate in professional development programming offered through the University.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or related field conferred before the appointment start date but no more than five (5) years prior to the appointment start date.
  • Experience working in a microbiology laboratory and knowledge of common protocols, aseptic technique, and safety measures.
  • High level of proficiency in molecular cloning and bacterial mutagenesis.
  • Able to design and run qPCR assays.
  • Experience with DNA/RNA extractions from complex environmental samples.
  • Proficiency in writing primary research articles, and reports, and giving presentations in English.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Experience working with Vibrio strains and/or marine microorganisms.
  • Experience with virulence assays and utilizing Koch’s Molecular postulates to define mechanisms.
  • Experience working with microalgal cultures; cultivation and experimentation.
Required Certifications or Licensure
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Department of Biology & Marine Biology at UNCW offers exciting, student-oriented programs that award Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS), and Doctoral (PhD) degrees. A significant portion of the training takes place in laboratories and in the field, associated with courses and research in Physiology, Anatomy, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Marine Biology, and Ecology. All of these disciplines incorporate our state-of-the-art instrumentation ( ). In addition to rigorous courses in all aspects of biology and marine biology, most of our undergraduate students and all of our local graduate students carry out research under the direct supervision of our outstanding faculty ( ).
College/School Information
The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.
Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.
University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.
A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.
The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please note, this is a postdoctoral position. The length of the assignment will be based on department need with the possibility of continuation. Employees in postdoc positions are considered temporary positions (non-permanent state employees) but do qualify for postdoctoral medical insurance and paid leave, unlike other temporary employees at the university. More information about postdoctoral employees can be found in the Postdoctoral Handbook.
To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application before you apply for this position. For more information and to apply, visit the applicant portal . Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.
Job Posting Date 02/23/2023
Job Closing Date 03/31/2023
EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.
Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
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