Postdoctoral Research Scholar - DEPP

Job Description

Posting Number


Position Number


Position Type

Post Doc



Department ID

111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology


111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology

Job City & State

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar for a three-year research project on insect biodiversity and comparative seasonal activity in North Carolina. This project is in the context of the conservation of a critically important population of a federally listed endangered bat species (Myotis septentrionalis, the northern long-eared bat). This population of bats is winter active in the Coastal Plain of NC, and thus avoided the decimation associated with white-nose syndrome afflicting other populations in hibernacula. The project specifically addresses our lack of knowledge about winter activity in bat forage (arthropods: flying insects and resting insects/spiders in vegetation). Furthermore, we will test hypotheses about seasonal changes in arthropod diversity and community phylogenetics in the context of climate change.

The Postdoc in this position will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
  • Coordinate and conduct field work collecting insects in wetland habitats in central and eastern North Carolina in winter and summer
  • Collect, curate, and analyze arthropod data.
  • Write reports and prepare scientific manuscripts.
  • Mentor and supervise undergraduate field assistants
  • Contribute to a positive lab culture by attending lab meetings and other events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

As part of the Land Grant University, the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is composed of over 40 faculty that direct a diverse portfolio of programs in teaching, research, and extension. Collectively, these strengths not only serve our clientele and our science but also provide a rich environment for graduate education and training that can be tailored to the specific career interests of the student, irrespective of whether they prefer training in the basic sciences or are preparing for a career in extension. Our education and research programs provide graduate and undergraduate students with unique hands-on learning opportunities using the latest technologies. Entomology and Plant Pathology houses the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, the Larry Grand Mycological Herbarium, Micropropagation and Repository Unit, Structural Pest Management Training Facility, an Insect Museum with 1.9 million vouchered insects, and the Center for Integrated Fungal Research.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences houses 12 Academic departments with 294 faculty, 2,891 undergraduate students and 899 graduate students. The College is home to 18 research stations strategically located across the state that enhances our interactions with our farmers, stakeholders, and industry partners. Our strategic plan, Growing Our Future 2023-2030 is accessible here

Other Work/Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule

Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm

Department Required Skills

  • PhD in a biologically related field.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

  • Experience collecting and analyzing biodiversity data, ideally of insects or other arthropods.
  • Experience conducting field work under challenging conditions.
  • Experience driving a pick-up truck.

Required License or Certification

  • Valid Driver’s License and the ability to obtain an NC Driver’s License within 60 days of hire.

The incumbent will be required to drive a standard field vehicle (a pick-up truck) independently.

Valid NC Driver's License required?


Commercial Driver's License Required?


Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience

Job Open Date


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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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