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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Senior Research Scholar

The Department of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences (FBNS), in conjunction with the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) and NC Food Innovation Lab at NC State University seek to hire a Senior Research Scholar to work in the plant food processing programs of Dr. Marvin L. Moncada and Dr. Mary Ann Lila.

The incumbent will work on plant-based ingredient technology research activities and will assist with set up of small scale operations, including; design/sourcing equipment; developing/validating novel processes; improving product quality; method development; research planning; technical services and training on product, process, and compliance issues.

The incumbent will work closely with the Principle Investigators (PI) to design and develop research plans in collaboration with other research teams, entrepreneurial companies and the new North Carolina Food Innovation Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC.

The incumbent will have leadership roles in the areas of developing study protocols, writing grants, managing the detailed operations of projects, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and drafting/writing/editing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.  The incumbent will also manage and oversee daily laboratory operations, assist in supervising and mentoring undergraduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral trainees, technical staff undertaking research projects, and other duties as assigned.

Minimum education requirement: PhD in food science, food engineering, chemical engineering, or relevant field with multiple years of laboratory experience.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

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