PostDoctoral Research Fellow

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

The Department of Animal Sciences seeks a postdoctoral fellow for a 12 to 24-month term under the supervision of Dr. Carl Dahlen. This position is part of projects focused on multigenerational impacts of providing protein/energy and vitamin/mineral supplements to beef heifers during gestation. Our lab is also working on impacts of paternal nutrition and management on sperm and offspring outcomes. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): sample collection, sequencing library preparation (e.g. RNA-seq, miRNA-seq), bioinformatic analysis of sequencing data, and manuscript preparation. Previous experience with bioinformatic analysis is a strong asset, but not a requirement.

Work Schedule:

12-month term (1.0 FTE)

Advertised Salary:

Salary is commensurate with training and experience. A description of the excellent fringe benefits available is accessible online at

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD in animal science, biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field
  • Demonstrated experience with molecular genetic and/or epigenetic analyses
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing
  • Ability to effectively work both independently and in teams
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience with bioinformatic analyses
  • Previous experience working with livestock handling and sample collection
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals
Applicant Materials Required:

Cover letter outlining interest and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript, and names of three professional references (must include contact information: telephone numbers and postal and email addresses). Applications must be submitted online at to be considered for this position.

Screening will begin: 8/15/23


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which 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.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

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.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

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

Reasonable Accommodation Information

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