Research Specialist (Bandillo)

Fargo, ND
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Sep 17, 2020
Job Type
Full Time
Position Information

Position Summary:

The Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University is seeking a research specialist to assist in all aspects of activities associated with the NDSU Pulse Breeding and Genetics program. The main goal of the program is to develop improved cultivars and germplasm of field pea, chickpea and lentil. The incumbent is responsible for performing and coordinating daily activities conducted in the field and greenhouse, including training and supervision of graduate students and hourly workers. Other responsibilities include collaboration with the project leader in designing and performing experiments, data analysis and presentation and assistance in writing papers. Duties are performed under general guidance of the project leader.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in plant breeding, genetics, agronomy, molecular biology, plant sciences or related field plus at least three year experience in applied plant breeding or closely related field
  • Experience in field plot research and experimental design
  • Experience with farm equipment, able to drive truck with attached trailer, competency with loading, hauling and unloading plot research equipment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and able to work with others in a multicultural environment.
  • Valid U.S. driver license

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in plant breeding, genetics, agronomy, molecular biology, plant sciences or related fields
  • Supervisory experience

Advertised salary: $43,000 +/year

Physical Demands:

Operate and transport trucks, trailers, plot sprayers, combine and harvesters. Physically able to perform field and greenhouse research, kneeling and lifting up to 50 lbs.

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. ยง 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.

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