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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Classification Title
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Working Title

College of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture

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Job Summary/Basic Function

Job Summary
Agriculture Research Development Program ( ARDP ) in the College of Engineering, Science,
Technology and Agriculture ( CESTA ) at Central State University (1890 Land Grant Institution and
HBCU ) is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to fulfill obligations for USDA 1890 Land Grant
research performing field and lab research experiments. The position is for 12 months.
appointment at the beginning. If the performance is satisfactory based on the evaluation, the
funding is up to 3 years. The salary is competitive with full benefits as a full-time employee. The
research is focused on genetics and genomics to study genes, brain, and social behavior of
The candidate should have experience with pollinator ecology and genomics. The postdoctoral
scientist is expected to design and perform procedures/techniques using standard molecular.
methods for sequencing analysis, physiological assay, behavioral experiments, and advanced
knowledge in RNA biology. The incumbent is willing to learn new technologies and is expected.
to supervise and mentor student researchers (under-represented minority) and assist with
routine calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

• Perform complex field and laboratory experiments for behavioral genetics and epigenetics
experiments, physiological experiments
• Prepare samples for single-cell seq or next-gene sequencing
• Follow QA/QC protocols and design SOPs that comply with Standard Methods
• Use LIMS for documentation of QA/QC/Standards/Research/Other samples
• Direct routine molecular biology procedures
• Direct preparation of equipment, samples, reagents, media, and solutions for use in the
• Prepare and submit all necessary reports and related research manuscripts to faculty/PI
• Data entry, managements, and summarization
• Perform bioinformatic analysis using programming skills in computational biology
• Assist researchers with the statistically valid data analysis and interpretation,
• Assistance with preparing research findings for presentations and publications
• Meet with research faculty/PI weekly, to discuss work projects and outputs and assign
•Mentor and work with undergraduate students for research
•Facilitate the operation of the lab and assist the faculty/students
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Entomology, Genomics, Evolution, Ecology, Physiology, or related STEM field.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Knowledgeable of data entry management and presentation skills.
• Science-driven and highly motivated for research and publications

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
• Knowledge and skills in bee genomics, molecular/cellular, or physiological biology for at
least 2 years,
• Evidence of peer-reviewed publications in insect genomics/ecology/physiology,
• Experience and interest in mentoring/teaching students from diverse cultural and ethnic
• Must be organized and detail-oriented with the ability to work under limited
• Ability to produce outcomes under strict deadlines,
• Experience using Single-cell sequencing, Nanopore direct-seq, or Illumina sequencing,
• Knowledge and skills in bioinformatics, data science, programming, or computational
biology for at least 2 years.

Posting Date

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications should be uploaded to the Central State Job Board Posting with a CV, research.
statement including research experience and future goals and contact information of three professional references.
The review of applications will start on June 1st, 2024, or until the position is filled. The
expected start date is December of 2024.

Position Category
Staff - Monthly (Exempt)

Budgeted Annual Salary
Commensurate with experience

Supplemental Questions

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Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents


Central State University is a Historical Black University (HBCU) that prepares students with diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research, and service. 

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