Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
NC State University
The Kleiner Lab (https://kleinerlab.cals.ncsu.edu/) at NC State University is seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Scholar to develop and apply cutting-edge LC-MS/MS based methods for the analyses of small peptides in plants that mediate interactions with root-associated microbes. The postdoc will lead the development and optimization of methods to identify and quantify small signaling peptides in different plant tissues using high-resolution LC-MS/MS approaches. The postdoc will then use these approaches to analyze the role of small peptide signaling in different plant genotypes and in response to association with variable root-associated microbiomes. The focus plants of this project will be Lotus japonicus and wheat. The postdoc will be part of the InRoot project of the Collaborative Crop Resilience Program (https://ccrp.vcl.ncsu.edu/) a large international collaboration to research how plant-associated microbes affect plants and can be used in the future to increase resilience of crops. The Kleiner Lab studies the physiology and functional interactions in host-microbe systems. We develop cutting-edge mass spectrometry based approaches to identify and quantify proteins and peptides in these systems. The Kleiner Lab has priority access to state of the art LC-MS/MS instrumentation including a RSLCnano and a QExactive HF. The postdoc can also expect the opportunity to gain experience in other approaches related to plant and microbiome research, as well as professional development opportunities including grant writing and leadership workshops organized by the NCSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (https://grad.ncsu.edu/professional-development/opa/) . The postdoc will be embedded in a highly collaborative environment at NC State. In total 11 laboratories at NCSU are involved in the Collaborative Crop Resilience Program and members of these labs interact frequently providing a wide range of expertise to each other. The Kleiner Lab is also part of the cluster for Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities at NC State (https://facultyclusters.ncsu.edu/clusters/microbiomes-and-complex-microbial-communities/), which provides a vibrant community of researchers in the area of microbiomes research. NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke are all located within a 30 minute drive of one another, and surround a large number of engineering, technology and biotech companies in Research Triangle Park. Together, the Research Triangle is one of the most dynamic places for academic and industrial research and development in the world. The main cities, Raleigh and Durham, are vibrant and cosmopolitan while still being affordable.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment. * PhD in a Life Sciences field and experience in the LC-MS/MS based analysis of proteins, peptides or metabolites. * Ideal candidates will have strong written and oral communication skills, be self-motivated and possess leadership skills. * At least 2 years working in mass spectrometry and the LC-MS/MS based analysis of proteins, peptides or metabolites.
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