As a member of an interdisciplinary project team, the Postdoctoral Research Scholar will work on a project to examine the control of the effector-triggered immunity response in maize and Arabidopsis. The Postdoc will be investigating the degradation of activated “NLR” resistance proteins via a Ubiquitin-mediated mechanism in both species.

The scholar will plan and carry out experiments that analyze gene and protein expression in maize , Arabidospsis, and Tobacco using a variety of molecular biological, histological, and biochemical techniques. The scholar will be primarily responsible for data analysis and interpretation and reporting the results of their research, both through oral presentations and publications. This project will be led jointly by Dr. Terri Long and Peter Balint-Kurti. The postdoc will meet frequently with both Dr. Long and Balint-Kurti to discuss best practices in grant writing, manuscript preparation, and mentoring.

Department Required Skills:

  • Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Plant Genetics, Plant Molecular Biology or a related field of study.
  • The ability to perform the following functions is required:
    • Sophisticated molecular biology procedures (such as quantitative RT-PCR, Co-immuno precipitation etc.), microbiology procedures, field work including evaluation of corn plants and pollinations, coordination and communication with collaborators, presentation of results at conferences , seminars, scientific writing including reports and publications.
  • Experience in any of the following areas would be beneficial; plant transformation, DNA sequence analysis, analysis of transgenic plants, biochemistry, and confocal microscopy .
  • The successful candidate should be a highly self-motivated and dedicated individual who is willing to contribute to departmental activities.

Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.


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