Postdoctoral Researcher

University of North Carolina

Wilmington, NC

ID: 7115904
Posted: November 11, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Benefits of Working at UNCW
Want to become a soaring UNCW Seahawk and work at one of the best universities on the East Coast? Want to put your toes in the sand after a day of work? The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a wonderfully vibrant university community along with a beautiful location just miles from the beach.

Employees of UNCW are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other programs, resources, policies, and practices that help to support a work/life balance. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Full time employees are eligible for dental, vision and health insurance plans. Health insurance benefit plans eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Full time employees are also eligible for the tuition waiver program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year at UNCW or any other university within the UNC System. In addition, UNCW covers the cost of tuition and fees for one UNCW course each summer session.

As a full time employee, UNCW also offers a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, meditation and yoga sessions, voluntary supplemental insurance coverages, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, 24 hours of paid community service leave time, paid vacation and sick leave accrual and family medical leave after 12 months of continuous service.

We also offer an abundance of training and development programs through our Dare to Learn Academy, Skillport, and the employee assistance program, many of which are offered free of charge.
Working Title Postdoctoral Researcher
External Link to Posting
Vacancy Number E854
Position Number 2013
Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus
Department Biology & Marine Biology - 32310
Division Academic Affairs - 30000 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a full-time, benefits-earning, twelve-month non-tenure track Post Doctoral Researcher to begin November 2022.

This is a time-limited appointment opportunity for the period covering November 2022 to June 2026 as outlined in the posting subject to funding.

Funded by an NSF-BSF collaborative grant: Interbacterial and environmental signaling impacts on Vibrio coralliilyticus pathogenesis of coral, this position will focus on the environmental and molecular signals associated with regulating virulence and interbacterial interactions between this pathogen and the host microflora. This collaborative effort will include the use of metatranscriptomics, proteomics, molecular cloning, mutagenesis, and live host infection experiments.

The primary responsibility of the Postdoctoral Researcher position will focus on molecular cloning, mutagenesis, and infection experiments in the lab.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
A Ph.D. in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or a related field.
Experience working in a microbiology laboratory and knowledge of common protocols, aseptic technique, and safety measures.
High level of proficiency in molecular cloning and bacterial mutagenesis.
Able to design and run qPCR assays.
Experience with DNA/RNA extractions from complex environmental samples.
Proficiency in writing primary research articles, and reports, and giving presentations in English.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Experience working with Vibrio strains and/or marine microorganisms.
Experience with virulence assays and utilizing Koch’s Molecular postulates to define mechanisms.
Experience working with microalgal cultures; cultivation and experimentation.

Required Certifications or Licensures
No Required Certifications or Licensure
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Department of Biology & Marine Biology at UNCW offers exciting, student-oriented programs that award Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS), and Doctoral (PhD) degrees. A significant portion of the training takes place in laboratories and in the field, associated with courses and research in Physiology, Anatomy, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Marine Biology, and Ecology. All of these disciplines incorporate our state of the art instrumentation ( In addition to rigorous courses in all aspects of biology and marine biology, most of our undergraduate students and all of our local graduate students carry out research under the direct supervision of our outstanding faculty (
College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.
University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.
EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.
Eligibility for Employment
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