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DIRECTOR NORTH CAROLINA FOOD PROCESSING INNOVATION CENTER (CLICK TO APPLY)

The Director of NC Food PIC will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Center and report jointly to the Director of the Plants for Human Health Institute (Kannapolis, NC) and the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC). In this role the Director will have responsibility and authority for all center activities, budget and personnel management. The specific responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Development, in collaboration with Internal and External Advisory Boards, an overall strategic plan and management strategy for the Center.
  • Leadership in the engagement of food entrepreneurs and networks within the state, national food industry and researchers with the purpose of generating activities aligned with the center’s overall goal of stimulating food manufacturing economy within the State of NC. This includes close collaboration with NCSU Extension programs and NCDA&CS.
  • Provide research, development and manufacturing services to entrepreneurs and food industry.
  • Development of strategic partnerships with food industry and equipment manufacturers that further enhance the Food PIC’s ability to deliver on its vision.
  • Generation of sufficient revenue through grants/contracts, workshops and other activities to support growth of the Food PIC and expansion of activities relative to the center’s vision.
  • Engagement in collaborative activities with existing facilities and centers within the State of NC as well as NCSU faculty and staff and other NCRC partners.
  • Management of two professional staff members and activities of affiliated faculty members within CALS.

This position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree in Food Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Business Administration, or a related field, as well as professional experience with a proven background in food and agricultural industry and/or research and extension in academia. An ideal candidate will have a PhD in Food Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, or a related field, as well as 10 years of professional experience with a proven background in food and agricultural industry and/or research and extension in academia.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC. The proposed hire date is February 2018.

POST DOC RESEARCH SCHOLAR (CLICK TO APPLY)

The Research Scholar position will conduct, design, and perform advanced genetic/genomic research studies with an emphasis on health-protective traits, including enhanced concentrations and profiles of phytoactive compounds to further develop new cultivars that meet the present and future needs of the NC small fruit and vegetable industries. The position will coordinate and/or conduct multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project, including the development of independent research objectives. The position will contribute to the writing of publications, preparation of technical reports, manuscripts and presentations, as well as grant proposal development to support research funding initiatives. The position will assist/participate in PHHI and University sponsored programs. The position will also assist in the training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

This position requires a PhD in horticulture, plant breeding, plant genetics or related field, as well as experience in plant genetics/genomics and biochemistry, preferably with small fruits or vegetables. This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.

POST DOC RESEARCH SCHOLAR (CLICK TO APPLY)

Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) Nutrition Genomics Faculty member, Dr. Massimo Iorizzo, is seeking a highly motivated individual to join the lab as a Research Scholar. The Research Scholar is expected to conduct advanced research in the group to develop genomic resources and reconcile, analyze complex multi-omics datasets to study genes and metabolic pathways affecting accumulation of health-promoting, phytoactive compounds in fruit and vegetable crops. The position is expected to coordinate and/or conduct multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project. This position will also engage in a vigorous basic and applied genomics and computational research laboratory focused on the use of next generation sequencing, high performance computing, and computational biology to advance research and educational priorities at the Plants for Human Health Institute. Develop and provide training and outreach material on bioinformatics and computational applications and tools in an HPC environment. Develop and maintain new analytical pipelines and computational/statistical approaches to analyze data. The position will assist in preparation technical reports, grant proposal, manuscripts and presentations, including development of independent research objectives. The position will also assist in the training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

This position requires a Ph.D in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or related field, as well as previous postdoctoral experience (at least 1-2 year). This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.

POST DOC RESEARCH SCHOLAR (CLICK TO APPLY)

The Plants for Human Health Institute is seeking a highly motivated and talented scientist with solid lab skills in Arabidopsis genetics and epigenetics to fill an NSF-funded postdoctoral position to study the mechanism of genomic imprinting regulated by active DNA demethylation in Arabidopsis. The focus of this project is to use a combination of molecular biology, genetic, genomic, and bioinformatic approaches to study how DEMETER DNA glycosylase is recruited to its target sites for demethylation. The position will function as an independent researcher actively advancing the goals of the project.

This position requires a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, developmental biology, or related fields with solid experimental skills, such as a strong background in protein interaction assays, genomic analyses (ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, BS-seq), or protein biochemistry assays. Additional required experience includes skills in areas such as plasmid cloning, confocal microscopy, image analysis, Arabidopsis transformation, basic plant care.

An ideal candidate for this position  will have 3 years of postdoctoral experience and at least 5 years of relevant laboratory experience. This position is located in Kannapolis, NC.

 

PHD CANDIDATE – PINEAPPLE GENOMICS AND METABOLOMICS

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We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (www.p2ep.org) based at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC.  The successful candidate will be enrolled in NC State University’s Department of Horticultural Science, and its PhD program will include a minor in Nutrition. The PhD program will be partially supported through the Dole Nutrition Research Institute.

Within the P2EP team, the PhD student will establish genomic resources and develop new genomic tools for the pineapple crop, and use these assets to 1) characterize pathways that lead to important metabolites accumulated in pineapple and 2) determine the genetic basis of resistance to relevant fungal diseases and/or nematodes. Dole has access to a vast range of pineapple biodiversity to facilitate this research quest, and these plant materials will be fully available to the selected candidate.

Start date – Spring 2017

For further information or to apply, contact: Dr. Massimo Iorizzo, Department of Horticultural Science, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University

 


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