Post Doctoral Research Fellow (J. Rao #2)

North Dakota State University   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Research
Posted on July 3, 2024
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Position Description & Details:

The Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to conduct both fundamental and applied research in modification of plant proteins for improving their functionality and nutritional quality as the functional ingredient in food applications. The successful candidate will carry out physiochemical and biochemical methods to modification of plant proteins, and analyze structural, physicochemical properties and flavor profiles of plant proteins with different techniques and designs. The performance of plant protein ingredients in diverse food systems also will be evaluated. The successful candidate is required to have the capability to analyze results and data with appropriate statistical methods, write scientific reports and manuscripts for publication, and deliver presentations at scientific meetings and to other interested parties. The individual is also expected to assist in training and supervising student researchers, manage lab facilities, and perform other duties as requested by the PI. The initial appointment is for two years, with an opportunity for renewal for a second year depending on progress made and funding.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Holds an earned Ph.D. in cereal science, food science, biochemistry and/or related fields within last five years.
  • Ability to write manuscripts for research papers.
  • Ability to write progress reports and present work at conferences.
  • Strong research background and established publication record.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A strong experimental experience in Spray drying, Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), Rheometer, Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), drop shape Tensiometer, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).
  • Considerable experience in publishing research manuscripts in peer review scientific journals.
  • Strong experience in statistical analysis of scientific research data.
Advertised salary: $48,520

Application Materials Needed:

Applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter discussing how the stated qualifications are met; 2) a detailed curriculum vitae; 3) unofficial academic transcripts from all institutions attended; 4) contact information (including phone numbers, institutional addresses, and email addresses) of three current references from the most recent positions held.

Screening Date:

Review of applications will begin June 30, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see ).

About Us

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made's top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.

Additional Information

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.