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Postdoctoral Fellow
Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Date Posted 07/23/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Information

Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Number: 008177
Full-time or Part-time: Full Time
Department: Biological and Forensic Sciences
Posting Number: 0401381
SHRA/EHRA: EHRA (Non-Faculty)
Job Category: Professional
Hiring Range: Commensurate with Education and Experience
Minimum salary: Commensurate with Education and Experience
Maximum salary: Commensurate with Education and Experience
Overall Position Competency: Flat Rate
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.
Knowledge skills and abilities:
Preferred Qualifications:
No administrative authority.
Report to the department chair and the PI.
Evaluation will be performed via an annual evaluation by the PI.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
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.

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