Postdoctoral Fellow position at UNC Charlotte – Applications are invited – check out the details below and apply
Position Number : POST40
Working Title : Postdoctoral Fellow; Biological Sciences
Division : Academic Affairs
Department : Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)
Work Unit : Biological Sciences
Work Location : Woodward Hall
Vacancy Open To : All Candidates
Position Designation : Post Doc
Employment Type : Temporary – Part-time
Hours per week : 40
Work Schedule : Monday – Friday
Pay Rate : 47,476.00 minimum
Minimum Experience/Education : The Postdoctoral appointee must have recently been
awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., Sc.D., M.D.)
Departmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:
The employee will have already acquired a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and should be able to exercise scientific judgment daily. They will evaluate incoming information through experimental data and observations, written literature documentation, and oral communications and use this information to make judgments about what step(s) will next lead to progress.
Preferable expertise : Strong molecular biology skills are required. Background in
C. elegans genetics and computational skills are highly desirable.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- A Postdoctoral Fellow (“”postdoc””) is a professional apprenticeship designed to provide
recent Ph.D. recipients with an opportunity to develop further the research skills
acquired in their doctoral programs or to learn new research techniques, in preparation for an academic or research career.
- In the process of further developing their own research skills, it is expected that Postdoctoral Fellows will also play a significant role in the performance of research at the University and augment the role of graduate faculty in providing research instruction to graduate students.
- A Postdoctoral Fellow works under the supervision of a regular faculty member, who serves as a mentor to the Fellow, and it is expected that the faculty mentor will impart the realities, and variety, of scientific careers, and will encourage experiences outside the laboratory to broaden postdocs’ aspirations.
- Within the confines of the particular research focus assigned by that faculty member, the Postdoctoral Fellow functions with a considerable degree of independence and has the freedom (and is expected) to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of appointment.
- Thus, the role of Postdoctoral Fellows is clearly differentiated from full-time technical employees.
- Postdoc appointments are characterized by all of the following conditions:
- the appointee was recently (within the last eight years) awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., Sc.D., M.D.);
- the appointment is temporary;
- the appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship;
- the appointment is viewed as preparatory for a full-time academic and/or research career;
- the appointee works under the supervision of a faculty member; and
- the appointee has the freedom and is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of appointment.
7. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Applicants subject to criminal background check.
8. The employee will report to Professor Dr. Patricija van Oosten-Hawle and will be a senior member of the van Oosten-Hawle Lab, supporting projects through original research, collaboration with other team members, and co-mentoring students. The employee’s principal research responsibilities will be training and research.
- The successful applicant will study biological mechanisms involved in ageing and the role of chaperones and organismal stress responses using the model organism C. elegans with the goal of utilizing this knowledge to develop novel therapies for age-related pathologies.
Molecular biology experience is essential, and experience with C. elegans genetics is an advantage.
- Applicants must have a PhD in experimental biology, particularly genetics, molecular biology and biochemical techniques. Previous experience with a productive track record working with C. elegans is an advantage. Computational skills are desirable.
Necessary Licenses or Certifications:
- Proposed Hire Date : 07/01/2023
- Expected Length of Assignment : 12 months
- Posting Open Date : 06/01/2023
- Posting Close Date : 09/30/2023
Special Notes to Applicants:
Please upload the following documents with your electronic submission:
1: Cover letter
2: Curriculum vita
3: Contact information for references.
As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.
The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check. The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.
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Interview questions for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in Biological Sciences at UNC Charlotte:
- Can you provide an overview of your educational background and research experience that makes you a suitable candidate for this Postdoctoral Fellow position in Biological Sciences?Answer: Certainly. I have recently completed my Ph.D. in [mention your field of study], which has equipped me with a strong foundation in molecular biology and genetics. My doctoral research focused on [briefly describe your research topic] and resulted in [mention any significant findings or publications]. I believe my academic background and research experience align well with the requirements of this position.
- What motivated you to apply for this specific Postdoctoral Fellow position at UNC Charlotte, and what aspects of the research project led by Professor Dr. Patricija van Oosten-Hawle are particularly appealing to you?Answer: I was drawn to this position at UNC Charlotte because of the university’s strong research environment and the opportunity to work with Professor Dr. Patricija van Oosten-Hawle. Her research in studying biological mechanisms related to aging and chaperone functions in C. elegans is both fascinating and relevant to my own research interests. I believe this position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research and develop novel therapies for age-related pathologies.
- Could you elaborate on your experience in molecular biology and genetics, particularly in the context of your Ph.D. research?Answer: During my Ph.D., I conducted extensive research in molecular biology and genetics. I worked on [mention specific techniques or experiments], which involved [briefly describe your research methods]. This experience allowed me to develop strong molecular biology skills and gain insights into genetic mechanisms, which I believe will be valuable for the research projects at UNC Charlotte.
- The job description mentions that Postdoctoral Fellows should exercise scientific judgment daily. Can you provide an example from your previous research where you had to make critical scientific judgments?Answer: Certainly. In my previous research project, we encountered [describe a specific challenge or situation], which required me to make critical scientific judgments. I had to [explain your decision-making process], and this ultimately led to [mention the outcome or solution]. This experience taught me the importance of scientific judgment in addressing complex research issues.
- The role of a Postdoctoral Fellow involves both conducting research and mentoring students. How do you envision balancing these responsibilities, and what strategies would you employ to effectively mentor students?Answer: Balancing research and mentoring is essential in this role. I plan to prioritize effective time management and clear communication with students. I believe in providing students with opportunities for hands-on learning, guiding them through research techniques, and encouraging their active participation in projects. By fostering a collaborative and supportive research environment, I aim to enhance both my research and mentoring capabilities.
All the best!