Biotechnology Research and Teaching Associate

Pembroke, North Carolina, United States
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Min T/E Requirements
Master of Science Degree in Microbiology. Ability to teach labs in biology or microbiology. Demonstrated experience mentoring undergraduate research students as research scientists. Demonstrated success in preparing abstracts and manuscripts of both faculty and students for peer review, publication, and conference presentation. Scientific publication will be a continuing expectation. Significant experience planning and executing annual research symposia. Three years’ research experience in fermentation technology as applied to mass production of entomopathogenic nematodes (Bio-control Agent) using bioreactors. Three years’ experience operating various bioreactors, successfully bench to pilot scale, and conduct research related to nematode production. The experience should include in-vitro production of microorganisms by: 1) batch fermentation 2) fed-batch fermentation 3) continuous fermentation and 4) solid state fermentation Specific experience and demonstrated bio-fermentation skills including: (a) fermenter process optimization; (b) production scale-up strategies; © media development and (d) down-stream processing. (e) bacterial isolation, (f) bacterial identification and (g) microbial growth kinetics. (h) use of use fermentation technology for culturing agricultural microbial bio-control agents.. Three years’ experience managing fermentation laboratories. Three years’ experience maintaining equipment and supply inventory. Documented experience contributing to university laboratory safety policies and practices. Evidence of collaborative leadership on lab and research safety matters. Demonstrated experience using Banner for data retrieval and fund management applications.

Position #: 3338

Primary Purpose of Position
This position is a full time Research and Teaching Associate to work in both the Biotechnology Center Lab and Chemistry departments, conducting nematology research in the field of fermentation technology and microbial growth; measuring and using bacteria or micro-organisms for biotechnology purposes (bioprocessing); engaging in meaningful research and searching for solutions.

Job Description
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is searching for a full time Research and Teaching Associate to work in both the Biotechnology Center Lab and Chemistry departments. This position is designed for individuals who hold a Master of Science Degree or Ph.D in Microbiology and wish to conduct research with undergraduate students. Responsibilities of this position include mentoring undergraduate students in research projects and performing research and laboratory managerial tasks. We seek applicants who are enthusiastic about undergraduate education, are highly motivated researchers capable of leading a project and training undergraduate in designing and performing experiments, collecting and interpreting data, troubleshooting and solving problems in the lab, preparing publications and presenting results at conferences. Candidates receiving the strongest consideration will demonstrate enthusiasm for undergraduate education and the capability of working with multidisciplinary team of faculty and undergraduates to further specific research goals. The successful candidate will teach labs in biology, microbiology, or related classes. In addition, the Biotechnology Research and Teaching Associate will be responsible for holding regular office hours in order to facilitate student learning.

UNC Pembroke, part of the University of North Carolina system, is among the most diverse universities in the South and has a student population of 6300 in various graduate, undergraduate, and professional programs. Originally founded in 1887 to educate Native-Americans, UNC Pembroke has grown rapidly in recent years. Southeastern North Carolina offers close proximity to major cities and nearby beaches, and an affordable cost of living. The Biotechnology Lab and Chemistry Department have strong records of teaching, publication, and service. Additional information about the university and department can be found at uncp.edu.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Position independently performs applied microbiology directed by Dr. Leonard Holmes of the research team. Involved in designing certain aspects of research projects and independently conducts work complementary to the overall research objectives.
  • Responsibilities of this position include mentoring undergraduate students in research projects and performing research and laboratory managerial tasks.
  • Leads applied microbiology, especially nematology projects and training undergraduates in designing and performing experiments, collecting and interpreting data, troubleshooting and solving problems in the lab, preparing publications and presenting results at conferences.
  • Support the ongoing research activities, in particular, beneficial nematode for agricultural purpose. Position will develop own research projects focusing on
  • Biotechnology as it relates to being beneficial to farmers, especially for organic farming and crop protection.
  • Teach labs in biology, microbiology, or related classes. In addition, the Biotechnology Research and Teaching Associate will be responsible for holding regular office hours in order to facilitate student learning.

Management Preference
Candidates receiving the strongest consideration will demonstrate enthusiasm for undergraduate education and the capability of working with multidisciplinary team of faculty and undergraduates to further specific research goals.

Posting Number: EPA00269

How to apply

Apply online
Attach a letter of introduction/interest that demonstrates knowledge of the position, department, and location; resume or curriculum vitae; three letters of reference. One or more of these documents should mention website or URL for search committee to view applicant’s media samples. Eventually official transcripts from each degree earned will be required for hire.

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable).

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 as a part of the online application process.

Per the requirements of the Clery Act of 1998, the Campus Security Report can be found at:
http://www.uncp.edu/about-uncp/administration/departments/title-ix-clery-compliance/annual-security-reports

UNC Pembroke is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibits discrimination against all individuals based on their age, race, color, genetic information, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. UNC Pembroke is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.

Applicants needing assistance with or who have questions about the application process are asked to contact Joanne McMillan, HR Consultant for Employment at (910) 521-6279 or joanneb.mcmillan@uncp.edu

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a master's level degree-granting university and one of 17 schools that comprise the University of North Carolina system. With a total enrollment of 6,251, the university offers 41 bachelor's and 17 master's degrees.