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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type Post Doc
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Time-Limited Appointment Length No
If Yes, Appointment Length
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Anticipated Hiring Range $47,000-$47,391
Position Number 00106507
Work Schedule Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM; Hours may vary
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 140201 - Chemical & Biomolecular Engr
Department 140201 - Chemical & Biomolecular Engr
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties

Gene regulatory networks (GRNs), complex webs of genetic interactions, are hypothesized to explain emergent properties of developing tissues, such as the robustness and sharpness of gene expression. However, hypotheses of how these properties emerge from specific GRN motifs are difficult to verify, partly due to the high degree of complexity found in native GRNs. To overcome this difficulty, an alternative approach is proposed in which synthetic GRNs are designed to directly test these hypotheses.

The purpose of the postdoctoral position is to construct a series of synthetic gene regulatory networks and test their behavior in the early Drosophila embryo. This will entail network design, plasmid cloning, confocal microscopy, image analysis, and Drosophila embryology. The end goal will be to test for emergent behavior of these networks, such as the robustness, sharpness/precision, and scale invariance observed in native signaling systems.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Function as an independent researcher actively advancing the goals of the project. Related skills include plasmid cloning, confocal microscopy, image analysis, and Drosophila embryology.

Assist in mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students. Complete standard laboratory duties.

Minimum Experience/Education

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.

Departmental Required Skills

Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, chemical engineering, or related field. Previous experimental experience with plasmid cloning and Drosophila embryogenesis is encouraged. Previous experience analyzing mechanistic models of signaling networks is optional.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Postdoctoral scholars with zero to two years of experience invited to apply.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions
Job Open Date 08/29/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date 10/02/2017

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, please call 919-515-3148.
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Supplemental Question

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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
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  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter