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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Three (3) letters of reference will be requested of finalist candidates.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department Biology & Marine Biology - 32310
Vacancy Number E205
Position Number 1501
Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus
Summary of Position

The Postdoctoral Research Associate primarily conducts research in the area of expertise (lipid analysis) culminating in one or more peer reviewed articles. Additional duties include oversight of project budgets and personnel, writing reports (including data analysis and interpretation), mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and day to day lab management.

Minimum Requirements

PhD in Biology, Marine Biology, Marine Science, Environmental Science or related field; experience with management of research projects; experience with conducting field and laboratory scientific studies; experience with data analysis and interpretation; experience with report and manuscript preparation, manuscript publication, and presentation of scientific data; experience with lipid analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with lipid extraction, separation and identification; experience with lipid class identification and quantification via automated thin-layer chromatography; experience with fatty acid analysis via gas chromatography; evidence of success in manuscript preparation through publication of multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers; experience with examination and dissection of vertebrate animals; experience with field work in a marine setting.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Biology and Marine Biology is a major contributor to the teaching, research, and public service missions of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that convey a rigorous and up-to-date understanding of the concepts, principles and theories of the biological sciences and provide our students with knowledge of basic investigative skills and methods of biological inquiry. In our research function, we contribute new insights to fundamental biological processes, from general biological principles, to coastal and marine environments, to biomedical sciences. Where possible, we focus on biological phenomena that impact on the quality of life in our region and the nation. In our public service roles we lend our professional expertise to individuals and organizations working for the improvement of the human condition, especially those agencies committed to the environment. In a liberal arts education Biology is of fundamental importance. It provides the student with an understanding of living systems from the level of the ecosystem down to the molecule. For both majors and non-majors the study of biology encourages exploration of personal as well as professional interests. We recognize that our biology classes are particularly important for our non-majors; in their classes we emphasize the biological understanding needed to function successfully as consumers, citizens, and parents in the 21st century.

College/School Information

At UNCW, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence. Through our teaching, we educate students for lives of fulfillment in the twenty-first century. Through our research, we advance the state of knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences. And through our outreach, we improve the quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 16,000 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.

EEO Statement

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicant Instructions

Three (3) letters of reference will be requested of finalist candidates.

Months Per Year 9A (Academic Year Aug-May)
Position Type Time-limited
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions
Job Posting Date 10/31/2017
Priority Consideration Date 11/14/2017
Priority Consideration Information

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. List of 3 Professional References
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