Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Fargo, ND
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Nov 04, 2020
Job Type
Full Time
Position Information

Position Description & Details:

The Department of Public Health (DPH) at North Dakota State University invites applicants for a post-doctoral research associate for a full-time, two-year research project.

This person will primarily oversee a subcontracted project from the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the epidemiology of COVID-19 in North Dakota. As part of the NDDoH's Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) for Infectious Diseases grant, NDSU and the University of North Dakota have partnered to study SARS-CoV-2 infection in a representative sample of North Dakota households. This will be accomplished by performing laboratory tests and surveys on household members to establish the point prevalence and the cumulative incidence of infection with SARS-CoV-2 over successive waves through 2021-2022. This project will also assess the utility and accuracy of serology testing to define the cumulative incidence of infection in a population through comparison with a measure of T-cell immunity and known prior PCR positivity. In addition, it will examine sociodemographic risk factors, exposures, and access to testing. The post-doctoral research associate will play a large role in coordinating study implementation, IRB submission and compliance, recruitment of participants, collection and coordination of laboratory specimens, data quality and analysis, and reporting requirements. There will also be many opportunities to lead or collaborate on research manuscripts.

In addition to the primary duties, additional opportunities with this position may include but are not limited to, developing and teaching public health courses or guest lectures in the MPH specializations of Epidemiology-Infectious Disease or Epidemiology-Food Safety in both face to face and distance formats, contributing to public health research and scholarship, and presenting at local, regional or national conferences.

This is a full-time grant funded, 2-year position with potential to extend pending additional funding.

The DPH offers a Master of Public Health (MPH), which is accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). We currently offer the MPH in two specializations, one of which includes subplans: Epidemiology-Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology-Food Safety, and Community Health Sciences, a dual MPH/PharmD (with the School of Pharmacy), several graduate certificates, and a Public Health minor for undergraduate students.

Currently, the Department of Public Health has 11 full-time faculty members and 11 research and administrative staff. There are 25-30 MPH students that matriculate each year, with approximately 30% using the distance learning option. The Department of Public Health is located in the NDSU College of Health Professions, where it benefits from strong relationships with the School of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy. Additional information about the Department can be found at .

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with experience

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in epidemiology, public health, medicine, veterinary medicine, microbiology, virology, laboratory science, or related field from an accredited institution
  • If doctorate not from a Public Health discipline, professional public health training (e.g., MPH, MS from a School or Program of Public Health, or CPH)
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex tasks with competing internal/external deadlines, ability to organize project tasks to assure that deliverables are completed within designated time frames; ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with a group of diverse colleagues, students, and individuals from the university and region
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software, document preparation, and at least one statistical analysis software

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Education or work experience in the diagnosis, prevention, or management of infectious diseases.
  • Experience with research coordination, project management, or leading a research team.
  • Research experience in infectious disease epidemiology, microbiology or virology
  • Evidence of public health teaching experience, especially epidemiology, research methods, or infectious disease courses
  • Evidence of scholarly contributions in the field of public health including, but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications or professional meeting presentations
  • Evidence of potential to establish an independent research program

Applicant Materials Required:

Cover Letter addressing qualifications for this position, Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcript, and names and contact information for three professional References. Screening will begin 12/3/20


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.

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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