Postdoctoral Researcher

Position description: The position will be a scientist in the lab of Dorith Rotenberg on a NIFA-funded project to conduct research to evaluate transgenic tomato plants to silence (RNA-interference) detoxification and developmental genes in western flower thrips (WFT, Frankliniella occidentalis) under controlled environments. The position will be responsible for conducting research to determine the presence and expression of transgenes in tomato tissues and to perform thrips feeding bioassays to evaluate target gene knockdown in insect tissues and associated effects on thrips fitness. The position will be expected to work independently and to train an undergraduate hourly to assist in various plant sample processing techniques and experimentation.

Minimum education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in appropriate field.

Required experience and skills:

  • PhD in Entomology or related discipline
  • Designing and performing greenhouse experiments with insects and plants
  • Evaluating plant resistance to insects or pathogens
  • Performing plant and insect molecular biology techniques, including RNA and DNA isolations, real-time quantitative RT-PCR, southern and northern blots, and small RNA isolation
  • Performing parametric and/or nonparametric statistical analyses
  • Working independently, and excellent scientific and writing skills

Preferred skills:

  • 3 years of relevant experience in the research area
  • Hands-on experience with crop pests (herbivorous) or vectors of plant viruses
  • Training in plant biotechnological techniques, gene cloning and plant transient expression techniques
  • Skills in insect tissue analyses, and classroom-training or research experience with SAS or R programming

Required License or Certification: Valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 60 days of start.

Application instructions: Please visit to submit your application on-line. Complete applications must include cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for references. Note: Cover letter should include timing of availability and description of how your research interests align with the position description.

Review of applications will begin 12/21/2017.

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Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
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North Carolina State University
Name of Contact Person: 
Dorith Rotenberg
North Carolina
United States
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