Job Openings

Research Scholar

Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) Small Fruit and Vegetable Breeding and Genomics Faculty member, Dr. Massimo Iorizzo, is seeking a highly motivated individual with expertise in bioinformatics and plant genomics 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 successful incumbent of this position must be familiar with plant genome assembly (de-novo), gene prediction and annotation with an emphasis on genes involved in plant metabolic pathway, and comparative genomic analysis (e.g. Pan-genome analysis). Experience with marker traits association analysis such as QTL or GWAS analysis will be a plus. This research position is expected to coordinate and/or conduct multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project. This position will engage in collaborative projects with other lab members and external collaborators that have expertise in plant and molecular biology, quantitative genetics, crop breeding and metabolomics. The position will also develop and maintain new analytical pipelines and computational/statistical approaches to analyze data, and provide training to other lab members including students, on bioinformatics and computational applications and tools in an HPC environment. The position will lead and assist in preparation technical reports, manuscripts and presentations. Depending on academic productivity, opportunity for career advancement exists within the Iorizzo lab.

Required education and experience:

  • Ph.D. (or relevant terminal degree) in Bioinformatics, Genetics or related field.
  • Experience with advanced (such as Illumina, PacBio, Nanopore, Hi-C) sequence technologies to study plant genomes and characterize genes involved in secondary metabolite accumulation. This includes genome assembly, gene prediction, gene annotation, quantitative transcriptome analysis and integration of multi-omics data to perform gene network analysis.
  • Experience to work with multiple high-performance computing platform (eg. LSF, Slurm, SGE).
  • Experience with marker traits association analysis such as QTL or GWAS analysis will be a plus.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

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Research Technician

Under the supervision of a laboratory supervisor, the Research Technician performs slide based Histological assays and any other tests conducted by an Histology laboratory. The position follows established and approved protocols related to cell culture. The position also maintains equipment and records. The position will also assist in monitoring students and other lab personnel to enforce adherence to laboratory rules and standards.

Required qualifications include:

  • Experience in a related science field.
  • Ability to use software for data acquisition.
  • Familiarity with the use of equipment in support of RNA and DNA and protein quantification, including safe use of fume hoods, storage of chemicals etc.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

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