The Ecology and Eggs (including Caviar) and Skin of Fish



Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Working title

Postdoc on the Ecology and Eggs (including Caviar) and Skin of Fish


Labs of Ben Reading and Rob Dunn, David Clark Labs, Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University



Length of appointment

Application process opens soon. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found with an ideal state date in May-July 2018. Position appointment will last for one year from starting date, with possibility of renewal for additional years based on performance and funding.



Departmental Required Skills

A valid driver’s license is required. NC Driver’s license required within 60 days of hire.

Essential Job Duties

One postdoctoral position will be available to work in the lab of Ben Reading, in collaboration with Rob Dunn. The research will consider the microbiology associated with fish eggs and skin, both in the context of the ecology and evolution of fish eggs in the wild and as it relates to management. Ongoing work in Rob’s lab considers the role of wasps and ants in traditional vineyards, the biology of pants, the potential value of microbes in camel crickets to industrial waste remediation, and the biology of foods such as sourdough bread. In general, both Ben and Rob use insights from basic ecology and evolution to make new discoveries but also to achieve applied goals.

The successful candidate should have a background in culturing microbes and the study of microbial natural history. Experience in sequence-based approaches to the study of microbial life is also useful. Experience working with fish is not necessary.

A short cover letter (with a very brief description of research interests and experience) should be included with the application. The candidate’s letter should emphasize the candidate’s ability to finish projects and the unique skills the candidate might bring to the to NCSU.

Minimum Experience Education

Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, biology, microbiology, or related fields. The applicant’s CV should indicate evidence of strong scholarship.

Preferred Experience, Skills, & Training

Expertise in ecology and evolution and in addressing questions in a clear hypothesis-testing framework is desired. The applicant’s CV should indicate evidence of strong scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications, particularly in high ranked journals. The successful candidate must be able to interact with a diverse group of researchers and students and benefit from new and established intra- and inter-institution collaborations. The candidate should show strong evidence of the ability to finish projects.

Application Procedure

Apply for this position through the NC State Employment system for job posting 98722. Please submit a CV, cover letter, project description, names and email addresses of three references.

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