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Postdoctoral Research Scholar - Weed Genomics

Job Description

Posting Number


Position Number


Position Type

Post Doc



Department ID

111501 - Horticultural Science


111501 - Horticultural Science

Job City & State

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties

The VanWallendael Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a postdoctoral researcher to study the genomic changes underlying rapid evolution in agricultural weeds. Our new lab has the twin goals of better understanding evolution by studying weeds and improving weed control using evolutionary knowledge. The postdoc will have the opportunity to focus on the evolution of weedy traits in crop-related weeds, as well as monitoring genomic changes in wild weed and invasive species populations. Candidates should have interests related to these topics, but will have flexibility to investigate lines of inquiry specific to their research goals.

The VanWallendael Lab is newly formed, so this postdoc will have the opportunity to work closely with the PI on projects and receive tailored mentoring. Though the lab is small, we are part of a large community of researchers in an excellent location for plant genetics, the Research Triangle. Our lab is affiliated with the Weed Science Program, the Plant Breeding Consortium, the Genetics Program, and is split between two departments: Horticulture and Crop and Soil Sciences.

You may find more information about the VanWallendael lab here: https://avanwallendael.github.io/. Please contact Dr. Acer VanWallendael (avanwal@ncsu.edu) with further questions. Informal inquiries are welcome.

At present, funding is available for up to two (2) years with possible extension contingent on grant funding availability.

We specifically request applications from candidates whose backgrounds are traditionally underrepresented in biology.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm

Department Required Skills

  • The successful candidate will have a PhD in: evolutionary biology, genetics/genomics, weed science, or bioinformatics.
  • The candidate should be comfortable working in a team or independently, and should have excellent organizational and writing skills.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

  • Specific skills in plant genomics, quantitative genetics, and molecular biology in non-model plant systems are preferred.

Required License or Certification

  • Valid Driver’s License and the ability to obtain an NC Driver’s License with in the first 6 months of hire. A valid Driver’s License must be maintained through employment.

The postdoc will be required to drive a program vehicle to research stations..

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 workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

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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