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Fellow (Post Doc) - Grain Science

Apply now Department: 3670010080 Grain Science & Industry
Job no: 509785
Work type: Post Doc (Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants, Natural / Quantitative Sciences, Entomology, Crop Production, Food Systems
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Kansas State University, Department of Grain Science and Industry is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellow to study the interactions between stored product insects and sorghum grain after harvest. Sorghum grain has long been used in the United States for animal feed; however, the demand for sorghum grain-based products for human consumption is growing rapidly as it is gluten free and it contains unique phenolic compounds that may have nutraceutical properties.  Like other grains and products derived from grain, sorghum is susceptible to feeding damage by a range of stored product insects after it is harvested, yet little is known about its susceptibility to these pests and it is not known what physical or chemical characteristics influence its susceptibility to insect feeding.  Primary responsibilities will include determining whether common phenolics found in sorghum negatively impact stored product insect populations and identifying other physical or chemical properties associated with resistance to these insect pests.  Other research objectives can be developed based on the skills and interests of the selectee. Additional responsibilities will include preparing progress reports and manuscripts, presenting results at scientific meetings, and maintaining research equipment and facilities.


Why Join Us:

Kansas State University is located in Manhattan, KS, with a current population of more than 55,000 residents. The grain science program has been a Kansas State University academic tradition  since 1905. The program has grown over time in response to various industry needs and has established a long-standing reputation for its outstanding students, global industry influence, and cutting-edge research. The Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University is the only program in the United States or worldwide to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in Baking Science and Management, Feed Science and Management, and Milling Science and Management. Each year, our graduates are placed in a variety of high-salary careers, with 100% job placement in recent years. The Department of Grain Science and Industry has unique pilot facilities, laboratories, and research facilities including a pilot flour mill, feed mill, bakery, extrusion laboratory, and grain storage and handling facility. We are proud to be the primary training ground for technology specialists, scientists, and managers who lead businesses and organizations that work towards harvest preservation, processing grains into products, and nourishing a hungry world.


We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D in Entomology, Biology, Grain Science, or a closely related field

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience rearing insects, conducting bioassays, or performing chemical analysis of grain or plant materials using HPLC, GC/MS, spectrophotometry, or related approaches.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Decision making
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Good technical writing


Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Able to work in a multi-cultural environment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information of three professional references
  • Copies of University transcripts

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until February 2021

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

Minimum of $47,476  

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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