Research Scholar - DEPP

North Carolina State University
September 18, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Open-ended
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Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number PG192813EP

Internal Recruitment No Working Title Research Scholar - DEPP Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience Work Schedule Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm Job Location Raleigh, NC Department Entomology and Plant Pathology About the Department

As part of the Land Grant University, the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is composed of over 40 faculty that direct a diverse portfolio of programs in teaching, research, and extension components. Collectively, these strengths not only serve our clientele and our science, but also provide a rich environment for graduate education and training that can be tailored to the specific career interests of the student, irrespective of whether they prefer training in the basic sciences or are preparing for a career in extension. Our education and research programs provide graduate and undergraduate students with unique hands-on learning opportunities using the latest technologies.

Essential Job Duties

The Research Scholar will conduct independent and original research on homing gene drive in the agricultural pest, Drosophila suzukii. Drosophila suzukii is a small fruit fly found in North Carolina but native to Asia. It is a significant pest for the production of soft-skinned fruits such as berries and cherries. Gene drive strategies offer a cost-effective species-specific approach for pest control. The research scholar will design homing gene drive systems, and implement and test these systems in Drosophila suzukii. This will require making suitable gene constructs by molecular gene cloning and then injecting the DNA into precellular Drosophila suzukii embryos. Transgenic individuals will be identified by screening for selectable markers such as red fluorescence protein. Thus, it is highly desirable if the research scholar has prior experience in designing gene drive systems, in gene cloning and insect transgenesis.

The Research Scholar will evaluate the potential of the gene drive strains by genetic analysis, which involves crossing to wild-type Drosophila suzukii and recording the phenotypes of the offspring. They will execute the project, collect and analyze data, and are expected to prepare progress reports and prepare manuscripts for publication. When needed, the incumbent will work with Dr. Scott on invention disclosures.

The Research Scholar is also expected to manage the project; track budget expenditures for the project work; perform all research with adherence to Scott Lab SOP and BUA; and train others in the Scott lab on Drosophila suzukii genetics and transgenesis as needed. They are also expected to deliver high- quality presentations to stakeholders and the broader scientific community.

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education and Experience

  • PhD in molecular biology or genetics or related field.
  • Previous Postdoctoral experience on Drosophila genetics and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.
  • Other Required Qualifications

  • Ability to plan and follow planned activities independently.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in molecular biology or genetics with with at least three (3) years postdoctoral experience.
  • Experience in developing gene drive systems based on CRISPR/Cas9 is highly preferred.
  • Required License(s) or Certification(s)


    Valid NC Driver's License required No Commercial Driver's License required No

    Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions

    Job Open Date 08/18/2023

    Anticipated Close Date Open until filled. Special Instructions to Applicants

    In addition to your application, applicants should submit the following: Cover Letter, CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

    Position Details

    Position Number 00110348

    Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.00 Appointment 12 Month Recurring Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Mandatory - Medical Emergencies Department ID 111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology AA/EEO

    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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  • Do you have, or will you have by the start date, a PhD in molecular biology or genetics, or related field with Postdoctoral experience on Drosophila genetics and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing?
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  • Please briefly describe your experience with Drosophila genetics and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.
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  • Cover Letter
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