Research Scholar

North Carolina State University

United States

February 14, 2022


Posting Details Posting Number PG191463EP

Internal Recruitment No Working Title Research Scholar Anticipated Hiring Range $56,000-$60,000 Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm Job Location Kannapolis, NC Department Kannapolis Research About the Department

The NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is an established Institute located on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. The NC Research Campus was created to have all aspects of human health and nutrition in one place complimented by multiple state and private entities providing the academic and research resources. The PHHI currently houses researchers and staff from various departments within CALS.

Essential Job Duties

Dr. Iorizzo's lab at NC State University's Plants for Human Health Institute is looking for a highly motivated Research Scholar that will design, and perform advanced genetic/genomic research studies with an emphasis on quality and health-protective traits, including enhanced texture, size, chemical composition, concentrations and profiles of phytoactive compounds.

Primary duties of the research scholar include, but are not limited to the following:

  • 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.
  • Coordinating and/or conducting multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project, including the development of independent research objectives.
  • Writing of publications, preparation of technical reports, manuscripts, and presentations, as well as contributing on grant proposal development to support research funding initiatives.
  • Assisting/participating in PHHI and University-sponsored programs.
  • Assisting in the training and mentoring of post-doc, undergraduate, and graduate students. Crops of interest in this project will include blueberry and carrot.
  • Other Responsibilities

  • Overseeing phenotyping, data collection, and genetic analysis. Responsibility will include: coordinating/perform sample collection, processing, data analysis, and data interpretation.
  • Perform statistical analysis to validate the data, correlate metabolic profile and agronomic traits, extract and analyze high-throughput molecular marker data (SNPs), perform QTL mapping and Genome Wide Association Analysis in diploid and polyploidy species and integrate the results with genomic data to identify candidate genes underlying the trait of interest.
  • Provide support to the peers and collaborative partners and other students.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics or related field.
  • Other Required Qualifications

  • Strong background in quantitative genetics, (QTL and GWAS), QTL interaction and prediction analysis, in diploid and polyploid plants is essential.
  • Must be familiar with high-throughput genotyping technologies, and QTL.
  • Experience in population genetic analysis (e.g. phylogenetic, PCA, structure, nucleotide diversity) and linkage map construction.
  • Proficiency to publish findings in well-recognized peer-reviewed journals.
  • 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.
  • Familiar with molecular biology techniques (DNA, RNA extraction, PCR).
  • 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.
  • Ability to develop and publish manuscripts, grant proposals, and present research findings.
  • Must have a strong motivation and proficiency for publications.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of relevant quantitative genetic experience.
  • Experience in integrating quantitative genetic data and whole-genome data for candidate genes identification.
  • Experience in RNAseq data analysis.
  • Required License(s) or Certification(s)


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

    Job Open Date 01/14/2022

    Anticipated Close Date Open until filled. Special Instructions to Applicants

    Please attach a Cover Letter, CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

    Position Number 00109037

    Position Type EHRA Non-Faculty Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.0 Appointment 12 Month Recurring Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events Mandatory - Medical Emergencies Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Department ID 110308 - Kannapolis Research 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.

    If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

    NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How did you learn of this opportunity?
  • NCSU Website
  • NCSU Executive Search Services
  • Other Online Job Board
  • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
  • Job / Career Fair
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • HERC
  • Professional Journal
  • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
  • Professional Organization
  • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
  • NCSU Employee Referral
  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
  • Other
  • If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Do you, or will you have, a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics or related field with at least 3 years of experience by time of hire?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Briefly please describe your experience with phenotyping, data collection, and genetic analysis.
  • (Open Ended Question)

    Application Materials Required

    Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for References
  • Optional Documents

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