Position Description: Dr. Iorizzo lab at NCSU is looking for a highly motivated post-doc that will focus on understanding the molecular mechanism involved in the regulation and biosynthesis of secondary metabolite accumulation in plant including anthocyanin, carotenoids and organic acids. The ultimate goal is to identify genes and candidate mutations controlling secondary metabolites accumulation that can be targeted for DNA assisted breeding either through marker assisted breeding or gene editing techniques.

The candidate must have a strong motivation and proficiency for publications. The position will work as part of a laboratory team, will interact closely with collaborating laboratories, and must be able to coordinate activities and reports within a diverse team of individuals. The position will be responsible for writing of publications and prepare presentations, contribute with preparation of technical reports, as well as contribute on grant proposal development to support research funding initiatives. The position will assist/participate in PHHI and University sponsored programs. The position will also assist in the training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Crops of interest in this project will include blueberry and carrot.


  • 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.
  • Departmental required skills
    PhD in Genetics, Plant Molecular Biology, or a degree in biological science with demonstrated experience in molecular biology, biochemistry.
    Strong background in basic molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA, RNA extraction, PCR), plant transformation, interaction assays (e.g. yeast one hybrid), Chip-Seq, enzyme assays;
  • Experience to use next generation sequencing or sanger sequencing data including short and long reads technology, comparative genome or analysis to identify candidate genes/mutations;
  • Proficiency to publish findings in well-recognized peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience with preparation of library for DNA/RNA sequencing will be preferred;
    Experience with multiomic biology (single cell or whole genome genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics) and synthetic biology is a plus.
  • Ability to manage more than one project in a rapid and smooth manner while being able to interact and communicate with research personnel from diverse disciplines.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work independently and creatively.
  • Must have good communications skills, and be able to articulate clearly the scientific and technical needs in the field, as well as set clear goals, and work within an
    interdisciplinary team setting. Attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Preferred Qualifications
    PhD in plant genetics, molecular biology or related field;
    At least 3 years of relevant experience in functional characterization of secondary metabolite;
    Experience in RNAseq data analysis

Salary range: $52,000 – $54,000

Other Work/Responsibilities:

The position will be responsible for coordinating/perform sample collection, phenotyping, processing, data analysis, and data interpretation. Task will include sample collection, phenotyping, DNA/RNA extraction, plant transformation, functional characterization, metabolite analysis, annotation, comparative analysis, SNP and SV analysis and Genome Wide Association Analysis. Ultimate goal will be to identify candidate genes/candidate mutations underlying the trait of interest. Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The position will be working under the supervision of Dr. Massimo Iorizzo’s, Associate
Professor at North Carolina State University. Dr. Iorizzo research aims to leverage advanced genetic and genomic resources to study the structure of the crop genomes and elucidate the genetic mechanisms and genes associated with enhanced quality characteristics including health properties.

Crops of interest in his program includes blueberry, carrot, banana, pineapple, spinach, cranberry and potato. Overall, Dr. Iorizzo research is contribute to expand access to high quality genomic resources to the broader fruit and vegetable research and breeding community, and expand knowledge on genetic factors controlling quality traits. In the long term, his research will facilitate the selection of new improved cultivars of fruit and vegetables with improved quality and health promoting characteristics.

As a mentor, supervisor, Dr. Iorizzo place priority on mentoring his trainee to perform their
work toward publications, which ultimately is a critical skill for future career and professional growth.

The candidate must have a strong motivation and proficiency for publications. Dr. Iorizzo lab is located at the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), based at the N.C. Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC. The PHHI is an interdisciplinary institute comprised of both research and extension programs, which work hand-in-hand at the NCRC to further our mission of discovering and delivering innovative plant-based solutions that advance human health.

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/162415

See also: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=pjydJhoAAAAJ&hl=en

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

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