Job Openings

Summer Laboratory Technician

The Perkins-Veazie Lab is looking for a candidate who will assist in setting up experiments with berries and in collecting data for weight loss, quality ratings, firmness, berry attributes, berry composition. Candidate will also assist in acquiring tomato fruit and preparing samples for quality analysis and will check plantings of goumi berries. Work schedule will be Monday-Friday, 40/hrs per week, must be available 07/06-07/30, and must be available to start day before 8:00 am. Must have high school diploma or equivalent. Must have strong organizational skills, familiarity with algebra/calculus, working knowledge of Excel, and ability to do data entry.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/142620

Temporary Lab Technician

The Esposito Lab at Plants for Human Health Institute uses a wide range of Nutraceutical (Functional Foods and Edible Plants) and Cosmeceutical approaches to investigate the interactions of bio-actives, found in fruits and vegetables, with a particular focus on regenerative medicine, nutritional immunology, and cosmetic applications. Research plans aims at studying the systemic architecture that controls inflammation and tissue regeneration processes, as well as investigating nutrient compounds with novel health benefits for fundamental and applied relevance to muscle and immune health and skin care. The position will contribute to preclinical characterization of molecules in cell culture and animal models.

The position requires a BS in Chemistry, Biology, Animal Science or related fields; as well as experience with animal models.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/141392

Research Scholar

The NC State University Plants for Human health Institute (PHHI) is seeking a Research Scholar to conduct studies which contribute to the development MS datasets and a database for the study of the contribution of diet to the human metabolome; including metabolic pathways affecting human health as they relate to phytoactive compounds in fruits, vegetables and derived products. The position will be responsible for EH&S and safety regulation compliancy and will follow good laboratory practice (GLP) and non-certified good clinical laboratory practices (GCLP).

The Research Scholar will manage the laboratory staff including assisting in the mentorship of graduate students with the PI. Laboratory management will include, but is not limited to the following: instrument maintenance, management of supplies and laboratory workflows.

The Research Scholar will coordinate and/or conduct multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project. The position will assist in preparation of technical reports, grant proposal, manuscripts and presentations, including development of independent research objectives. The position will also assist in the training and mentoring of graduate students. The Research Scholar will design, optimize and validate sample preparation procedures for extraction/sample clean-up and establish assay performance. The position will optimize compound optimization for MS fragmentation profiling and development of scheduled MRM MS assays.

The position will perform analysis of human and animal biospecimens for impact of diet on human metabolome using primarily broad-spectrum quantitative approaches but supported by qualitative metabolomic workflows and data analysis/processing streams.

The following are requirements of consideration for the position:

  • Relevant Ph.D degree (or relevant terminal degree), or relevant Master’s degree with at least 5 years of formal post-degree professional work experience. In rare instances, an individual with a comparable professional experience but less than a master’s degree, plus 8 years of exceptional relevant professional experience. May require terminal degree and licensure.
  • Previous postdoctoral experience (2-3 years).
  • Strong written and oral English communication skills with ability to develop manuscripts, grant proposals and presentations.
  • Knowledge of advanced analytical chemistry techniques as appropriate for plant derived phytochemical metabolite analysis in biological matrices.
  • Experience with advanced analytical technologies, including MS/MS and HRMS workflows, for the study of the impact of diet on human metabolism and health.
  • Experience working independently and with a team to prepare study-related documents.
  • Experience in extraction and analysis of plant metabolites in biological tissues is required, including advanced knowledge and practical experience in liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/140354

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

The NC State University Plants for Human health Institute (PHHI) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar to lead laboratory UPLC-Mass Spectroscopy (MS) analysis of animal and human biospecimens. The successful candidate will also be responsible for running instrumentation generating MS/MS data, ensuring data quality, basic statistical analysis, generating tables and figures for presentation as it relates to broad-spectrum quantitative metabolomics and human health. The Postdoc will also meet frequently with Dr. Colin Kay to discuss best practices in grant writing, manuscript preparation, and mentoring.

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will also track data safeguarding, present and report research, calculate appropriate concentrations of analytical samples, collect, record and assess accuracy of data, perform basic statistical analysis and graphical reporting, and track record of good laboratory practice. The Postdoc will also co-author publications and presentations and support grant applications.

  • Must be familiar with the use of equipment in support of a HPLC-MS/MS, including safe use of fume hoods, storage and disposal of chemical and biological waste.
  • Must possess knowledge and skills to operate UPLC-MS/MS, use of software for operation and data acquisition. Experience in basic maintenance of analytical equipment, quantitative analysis, metabolomic and statistical analysis, working with databases.
  • Preferred qualifications include: Experience with SCIEX MS platforms, use of SCIEX Analyst®, MultiQuant® and OS® software packages, method development, use of extraction methodology such as solid phase extraction, use of untargeted metabolic data analysis workflows, database development.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/139959