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Postdoc: Evolution of downy mildew pathogens

Postdoctoral Researcher – Evolution of downy mildew pathogens

The Quesada Lab at North Carolina State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position. The Postdoc will be responsible for performing evolutionary genomics research with downy mildew plant pathogens affecting specialty crops. The project will focus on studying host adaptation in downy mildew pathogens and shifts in pathogen populations that have resulted in failure of control methods such as host resistance and fungicides. Next generation sequencing and multi-locus sequencing will be used for isolate genotyping. Phenotyping assays to characterize pathogen virulence and sensitivity to fungicides will be performed in growth chambers and in the field. The candidate will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data, writing scientific publications, giving oral and poster presentations, and assisting with grant writing and reports. The Postdoc will also assist with activities related to lab management, training and supervision of other lab staff and stakeholders, and field trials.

This position requires a recent PhD degree (within the last 4 years) in plant pathology, plant-microbe interactions, microbiology, or evolution. Self-motivation, independence, good time management skills, and a high level of written and spoken English are required. Experience working with filamentous pathogens in a lab setting, using CLC Genomics workbench or similar packages, R or similar statistical analysis platforms, experience in statistical analysis, demonstrated ability to publish scientific papers, ability to search and read scientific literature pertinent to job, mentor other staff, and developing new research protocols are also required. Experience with population genetics and evolutionary analysis of filamentous plant pathogens, analysis of Illumina and PacBio sequencing data, and coding experience (bash, perl, python) is preferred but not required.

The lab is located on the main campus in Raleigh. NC State’s location in the Research Triangle Park provides unique opportunities for interactions with the Ag. Biotech industry, including AgBiome, Novozymes, Bayer Crop Science, BASF, Syngenta, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center; other major universities, including Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; local research networking groups such as the North Carolina Microbiome Consortium; NC Department of Agriculture and several federal agencies. Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing qualifications, a resume or CV with contact information for three references, college transcripts, and a one-page abstract of Ph. D. thesis to Dr. Lina Quesada (lmquesad@ncsu.edu).

The position will be open until filled.

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Job: Assistant Professor, Biochemical Interactome – NC State University

The Center for Integrated Fungal Research invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University. This faculty position is located on the main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has a 80% research and 20% academic appointment. The selected individual will have a background in biology, or related field, with expertise in biochemistry, chemometrics, metabolic engineering, or phytochemistry. This individual is expected to develop an innovative research program to characterize and profile important groups of secreted biological metabolites to better understand the physical biochemical interactome, including their roles in human health, crop productivity and the environment. These exo- metabolomes are secreted in response to interactions with their abiotic and biotic environment by insects, microorganisms and plants and include carbohydrates, extracellular enzymes, lipids, nucleic acids, organic acids, peptides, secondary metabolites, and other bioactive molecules. Their functions range from protecting bacteria and fungi against parasitism and predation, to regulating plant and microbial growth and developmental stress responses, to forming networks of inter-kingdom communication and creating environmental and food-related toxicity. This interdisciplinary position will integrate research on the chemical interactome to promote quantitative understanding of the relative contribution and impact of the interactome to the beneficial and deleterious activities of these compounds on plant-microbe-insect associations. Significant opportunities exist for collaborations with university faculty and members of several research centers, including the Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR), the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research. In addition, there are resources and opportunities for interactions with researchers at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. The incumbent is expected to generate extramural funding to help support their research program following start-up resources and is expected to mentor graduate students and participate in the academic programs of the department.

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in a field of study directly related to the position. NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. In addition to excellence in research and academics, the incumbent is expected to have demonstrable skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relations, and procurement of extramural funding. The position includes a competitive and comprehensive compensation and start-up package. Review of applications will proceed after January 13, 2017, until the position is filled. For further information, contact the Director of the Center for Integrated Fungal Research, Dr. Ignazio Carbone (ignazio_carbone@ncsu.edu). For a complete job description and details for submission of applications, please reference https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/75575.

NC State is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to NC State’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement and education. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups.