NC State University
Post Doctoral Scientist – Ecology and management of invasive pests of small fruits

Position Description: 

We are seeking an outstanding, motivated post doctoral researcher who will be responsible for the conduct, analysis, and reporting of on farm field research activities with the goal of developing management programs for Drosophila suzukii, also referred to as the spotted wing drosophila, an invasive pest of soft skinned fruit. Specifically, the post doc is expected to work directly with grower stakeholders to implement field scale research experiments assessing D. suzukii management programs and their potential non target impacts. This will involve travel, including overnight, within North Carolina and nearby states during the growing season. The post doc will be expected to lead teams of hourly workers and to communicate effectively with farm workers and growers. In addition to research activities, the post doc is encouraged to participate in extension education and to contribute to the collaborative and intellectual climate in the laboratory.

Closing date: 

April 15, 2014.

Position Location: 

Specialty Crop IPM Laboratory
NCSU-Entomology
840 Method Road - Unit I

Position Responsibilities: 

The post doc will be expected to lead teams of hourly workers and to communicate effectively with farm workers and growers. In addition to research activities, the post doc is encouraged to participate in extension education and to contribute to the collaborative and intellectual climate in the laboratory.  Because this position will lead field research activities, the successful candidate must be able to work independently in summer and winter conditions and to drive to off campus locations.  Research
activities will involve the use of pesticides, and the post doc should be familiar with safe use practices.