Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Li, X.)

Fargo, ND
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Oct 26, 2020
Job Type
Full Time
Position Information

Position Description & Details:

The Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, has a postdoctoral research scientist position available to participate in a collaborative project focusing on molecular characterization of genes for resistance to Cercospora leaf spot (CLS) in sugar beet. The selected candidate will be responsible for maintaining sugar beet collections, development of mapping populations, pathogen inoculation and disease resistance phenotyping, marker designing and genetic mapping, plant transformation and characterization of gene function using forward and revere genetic tools. The researcher will be expected to interpret and analyze the data and publish the results in peer-reviewed journals. This position is available for two years with subsequent years contingent upon funding and performance.

Advertised Salary: $50,000

Minimum Qualifications:
  • An earned Ph.D. degree in genetics and breeding or a closely related discipline.
  • Working experience of plant disease resistance.
  • Experience of QTL mapping and/or genome wide association studies.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Able to initiate and accomplish research goals including publication of results in refereed scientific journals.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior experience in greenhouse and field evaluation of fungal plant diseases.
  • Experience of SNP genotype calling from genotype-by-sequence or whole genome sequences, RNA-seq analysis, quantitative RT-PCR, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A good record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Applicant Materials Required:
  • A letter of application to describe how the qualifications are met
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Names and addresses, including phone and email address, of three CURRENT references from most recent positions held. Incomplete files and email applications alone will not be considered


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.

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.