Job Openings

Temp Research Assistant

The candidate will participate in ongoing projects involving investigations on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying some human pathological conditions. The lab uses a wide range of experimental approaches including cell biology, molecular and biochemical techniques, histology, and fluorescence microscopy with various model systems including cell and tissue cultures to decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying human diseases. 

Under the direction of the Principal Investigators, the Temp Technician will support and assist the lab personnel in conducting ongoing projects, particularly those that involve investigations on pathological processes affecting human tissues (e.g. skin, lung, gut, etc.) exposed to environmental stressors including UV radiation, cigarette smoke, ozone, particulate matter and diesel exhaust pollution.

The core functions of this role are to assist in the daily operation of our team. These functions include accurately performing:

  • Basic molecular biology techniques such as western blotting, immunoprecipitation, quantitative PCR and ELISA assay 
  • Histological procedures including human and/or animal tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, staining, maintaining accurate tissue and slide records 
  • Computerized data entry of all work performed and generates reports as required 

Weekend and holiday work required occasionally. 

Required education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail 
  • Ability to work as a contributing member of a team 
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to follow a set work schedule 
  • Ability and experience to plan, manage, organize and implement laboratory activities 
  • Collect data and provide records in a timely fashion
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/155998

Research Scholar

Dr. Massimo Iorizzo’s lab at NC State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute is looking for a highly motivated Research Scholar that will design, and perform advanced genetic/genomic research studies with an emphasis on quality and health-protective traits, including enhanced texture, size, chemical composition, concentrations and profiles of phytoactive compounds.

Primary duties of the research scholar include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Work as part of a laboratory team, will interact closely with collaborating laboratories, and must be able to coordinate activities and reports within a diverse team of individuals. 
  • Coordinating and/or conducting multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project, including the development of independent research objectives. 
  • Writing publications, preparation of technical reports, manuscripts, and presentations, as well as contributing on grant proposal development to support research funding initiatives. 
  • Assisting/participating in PHHI and University-sponsored programs. 
  • Assisting in the training and mentoring of post-doc, undergraduate, and graduate students. Crops of interest in this project will include blueberry and carrot.

Required education and experience:

  • Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics or related field.
  • Strong background in quantitative genetics, (QTL and GWAS), QTL interaction and prediction analysis, in diploid and polyploid plants is essential.
  • Must be familiar with high-throughput genotyping technologies, and QTL.
  • Experience in population genetic analysis (e.g. phylogenetic, PCA, structure, nucleotide diversity) and linkage map construction.
  • Proficiency to publish findings in well-recognized peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to manage more than one project in a rapid and smooth manner while being able to interact and communicate with research personnel from diverse disciplines.
  • Familiar with molecular biology techniques (DNA, RNA extraction, PCR).
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work independently and creatively.
  • Must have good communications skills, and be able to articulate clearly the scientific and technical needs in the field, as well as set clear goals, and work within an interdisciplinary team setting.
  • Ability to develop and publish manuscripts, grant proposals, and present research findings.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/155982

Temp Research Assistant

A successful candidate will participate in ongoing projects involving investigations on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying various human conditions. The lab uses a wide range of experimental approaches including cell biology, molecular and biochemical techniques, histology, and fluorescence microscopy with various model systems including mice, and cell and tissue cultures to decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying human diseases including neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and Rett syndrome, and pollution related diseases. In particular, under the direction of the Principal Investigators, the Temp Technician will support and assist the lab personnel in conducting ongoing projects, particularly those that involve animal tissue processing and microscopy.

Selected individual will be responsible for the daily care of research animals including animal observation, handling and restraint, and treatments. Duties and responsibilities include performing experiments with live mice, tissue isolation and processing, tissue sectioning, histochemical and immunolabeling, cell culture, and microscopy.

Weekend work required. 

Required education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail 
  • Ability to work as a contributing member of a team 
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to follow a set work schedule 
  • Ability and experience to plan, manage, organize and implement laboratory activities 
  • Collect data and provide records in a timely fashion
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/153563

Post Doctoral Scholar

Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) Translational Nutrition (Phytochemical and Foodome Center) Faculty member, Dr. Colin Kay, is seeking a highly motivated post-doc that will lead laboratory UPLC-Mass Spectroscopy (quantitative MS/MS) projects establishing the contribution of diet to the human and animal metabolomes.

The successful candidate is expected to lead laboratory UPLC-Mass Spectroscopy (MS) analysis of animal and human biospecimens. Responsibility for running instrumentation generating MS/MS data, ensuring data quality, statistical analysis, generating tables and figures for presentation and publications as it relates to broad-spectrum quantitative metabolomics and precision nutrition.

Required education and experience:

  • Knowledge and track record of data safeguarding.
  • Must be familiar with the use of equipment in support of an HPLC-MS/MS, including safe use of fume hoods, storage and disposal of chemical and biological waste.
  • Basic statistical analysis and graphical reporting, track record of good laboratory practice.
  • Knowledge and skills in UPLC-MS/MS and HRMS workflows, use of software for operation, and data acquisition.
  • Experience in basic maintenance of analytical equipment, quantitative analysis, metabolomic and statistical analysis, working with databases.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/155988

Post Doctoral Scholar

Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) Small Fruit and Vegetable Breeding and Genomics Faculty member, Dr. Massimo Iorizzo, is seeking a highly motivated post-doc that will lead a pioneering project aiming at using NGS (Illumina and PacBio) to develop a local pan-genome spanning QTL regions associated with quality-related traits (color, bioactive content and profile, chemical composition), with the ultimate goal to identify candidate mutation controlling trait of interest. The candidate must have a strong motivation and proficiency for publications.

The successful incumbent of this position must be familiar with plant genome assembly (de-novo), gene prediction and annotation with an emphasis The position will be responsible for coordinating/performing sample collection, phenotyping, processing, data analysis, and data interpretation. Tasks will include sample collection, phenotyping, DNA/RNA extraction, bioinformatic analysis including sequence assembly, annotation, comparative analysis, SNP and SV analysis, and Genome Wide Association Analysis. The ultimate goal will be to identify candidate genes/candidate mutations underlying the trait of interest.

Required education and experience:

  • Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Biology, Biological Science with demonstrated experience in quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, and biochemistry, or related field.
  • Strong background in analysis of next-generation sequencing including short and long reads technology, comparative genome or pan-genome construction and analysis.
  • Familiar with molecular biology techniques (DNA, RNA extraction, PCR), preparation of library for DNA/RNA sequencing.
  • Background in quantitative genetics, (GWAS) in diploid plants.
  • Familiar with NGS and high-throughput genotyping technologies and identification of candidate genes/mutation affecting traits of interest.
  • Experience in population genetic analysis (e.g. phylogenetic, PCA, structure, nucleotide diversity).
  • Proficiency to publish findings in well-recognized peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to manage more than one project in a rapid and smooth manner while being able to interact and communicate with research personnel from diverse disciplines.

This position is located in Kannapolis, NC

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/153355

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

Apply here: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/142938