Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular Biology

  • Delaware State University
  • Dover, DE
  • Nov 17, 2020
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Postdoctoral Positions

Job Description

Delaware State University
Vacancy Announcement - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Molecular Biology
College of Agriculture, Science and Technology
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Applications will be accepted until position is filled



General Description of the Job:
Under the general supervision of Dr. Venu Kalavacharla, Principal Investigator for the Molecular Genetics & Epigenomics Laboratory and Director of the Center for Integrated Biological & Environmental Research (CIBER), the selected candidate will be responsible for the development of research programs related to Plant Molecular Genetics & Genomics as related to plants including but not limited to marshgrass and other model plants at DSU.  
This individual is expected to conduct cutting edge independent research, assist with grant writing and securing competitive research funding, supervise graduate and undergraduate students as needed, and continue to develop new integrated programs that will benefit and add to the current research programs in the area of plant biology and epigenomics at DSU with a focus on abiotic and biotic stresses in order to validate genes identified in the systems currently being pursued at in the Molecular Genetics & Epigenomics Laboratory at DSU.  This individual will also conduct functions as necessary in connection with the operation of the units involved, and exercise original judgment while contributing effectively to program activities. 
Essential Functions
The following are the functions essential to performing this job.
1. Be responsible for providing research, programmatic, and administrative support to the principal investigator of the molecular genetics & epigenomics laboratory. This includes, but is not limited to, research, education and outreach activities. An important requirement is to prepare and submit manuscripts for publication.
2. Have interest and experience in plant physiology, epigenetics, epigenomics, and plant based renewable bioenergy, as well as abiotic stress. 
3. Must have experience in chemistry and chemical methods for studying plant physiological mechanisms. The suitable candidate may also be required to assist in other research projects in connection with the primary work in the group depending on grant requirements and opportunities.
4. Identify grant opportunities and assist in the development and establishment of connections between researchers.
5. Assist faculty and students at DSU, Wesley College and Delaware Technical & Community College as assigned.
6. Initiates, edits, and proofreads correspondence as well as forms, requisitions, reports, research publications, and similar papers.
7. Assists faculty, staff and students affiliated with CIBER and the MGEL laboratory in all aspects related to management and purchasing.
8. Assists affiliated personnel to carry out his/her functions with student activities and other programs including, but not limited to, recruitment, summer intern programs, outreach and conference/annual meeting organization.
9. Serve as a point of contact for the development and completion of CIBER components of EPSCoR.
10. Schedule and arrange appointments and conferences.
11. Participate in team meetings as needed and take initiative in formulating research ideas, conducting experiments, analyzing data, and preparation of manuscripts for publication. 
12. Perform other duties as assigned including teaching as necessary.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The individual in this job must possess these skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
1. Proven track record of ability to contributing effectively to research in a team environment in the greenhouse, laboratory and field.
2. Developing successful internal collaborations and demonstration of leadership and ability to collaborate and work as a team is very important in this position.
3. Interest and experience in chemistry, plant biology, and physiology
4. Interest in the identification of funding opportunities and grant writing.
5. Demonstrated ability to perform under work-related pressure due to short deadlines, etc.
6. Flexibility with time and availability.
7. Demonstrated experience working and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, research technicians, and other PhD level scientists in scientific research.
8. Interest in the use of basic bioinformatics for better understanding of plant genomes and epigenomes.
9. Experience in the use of word processors/computers, spreadsheets, computer applications (Excel, Word, and Power Point), time and office management software.
13. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, using oral and written skills.
Qualification Standards
1. Education:  A minimum of a Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science.
2. Two to three years experience in functions related to the position.
3. Experience in a variety of plants and chemical methods.
4. Dress in a manner appropriate for an office; clean and neat in appearance.
5. Good organization and communication skills.
Performance Standards
The criteria for evaluation in this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the DSU Fundamentals.
2. Successful team building and working with diverse faculty, staff, and students in education, research and outreach functions.
3. Interaction with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and immediate supervisor.
4. Completion and quality of work according to established guidelines and timeliness.
5. Reliable attendance and punctuality.
To apply:  Interested applicants must complete an online application for full consideration.  Please send a letter of application; statement of research; CV; Official Transcripts from All universities attended; and three letters of references to:
Dr. Venu Kalavacharla OR Karen McKoy Holland
College of Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST)
Delaware State University
1200 North DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901
Note:  The University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties as provided in policy and negotiated agreements. 
Delaware State University is an equal opportunity, Title IX Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age or disability.

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