Postdoctoral Associate – Mississippi State University, USA

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Position Function:

The Delta Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University is seeking a postdoctoral associate to head research projects addressing honey bee viruses and the immune responses of honey bee queens and to support currently funded projects.
Position is for two years with possibility of annual extension depending on performance and availability of funds.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are “Unclassified” and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

This position is located at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS.
Applications will be reviewed beginning on August 15, 2022, with the position remaining open until filled.

Area of Specialization:

Honey Bee Viruses and Queen Immunity

Anticipated Appointment Date:

September 2022.

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This is a full-time, postdoctoral position in the Pollinator Health program located at the Delta Research and Extension Center, Stoneville, MS and in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology in Starkville, MS. We are seeking a scientist to head research projects addressing honey bee viruses and the immune responses of honey bee queens. The incumbent will also have the freedom to conduct his or her own research if it falls within the scope of the lab research theme. The selected individual is expected to have experience working with honey bee viruses, extracting RNA, confidence to run PCR, qPCR and analyze high-throughput sequencing data. The incumbent is expected to rear honey bee queens and be comfortable working with live honey bees in the field and laboratory. Publication and results in quality peer-reviewed scientific journals is expected. The incumbent is expected to take on a leadership role and perform professional-level work, accept responsibility, carry out directed research and education programs. He/she needs to work independently with minimal supervision or collaborate with other team members and individuals from various disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications:

(1) A doctoral degree in Biology, Entomology, Virology, Bioinformatics, or related field, (2) Background and experience or willingness to work with honey bees and performing honey bee health research, (3) Proven track record in peer-reviewed scientific publications and grantsmanship, (4) Evidence of effective interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as working within an interdisciplinary team environment, (5) Excellent written and oral communication skills, (6) Demonstrable experience in statistical analysis of large datasets, (7) The selected individual must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment.