Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Fargo, ND
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Dec 28, 2020
Job Type
Full Time
Position Information

Position Description:

The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University welcomes applications for a postdoctoral research associate position. The successful applicant will develop and optimize molecular assays to detect and quantify plant-parasitic nematode species, utilize the assays for nematode plant disease risk assessment, and sequence and analyze genomes of plant-parasitic nematodes of importance in North Dakota. In addition, this position will provide support for applied and basic research in plant nematology, supervising graduate students, preparing manuscripts, research proposals and reports, maintaining lab equipment and supplies, and maintaining material and biological resources . The appointment is for 12 months with extension possible depending on satisfactory performance and funding.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in Plant Pathology, Nematology, Plant Sciences or a related field earned before the start date; research experience in applied molecular biology; experience working with microorganisms or plants; ability to communicate effectively in English; ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in developing quantitative real-time PCR procedures for detecting and/or quantifying plant-parasitic nematodes in plants or soils; experience with molecular techniques such as PCR, sequence analysis, and primer and probe design; experience with soybean cyst nematode, root-lesion nematode, and stubby root nematode; experience with laboratory, greenhouse and field research.

Salary: $45,000

Benefits: Benefited - includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance


Application materials will include a letter describing how minimum and preferred qualifications are met, a CV, names and contact information for three references, and copies of transcript from the PhD program. Applicants must submit their application online at: . Screening date will begin 01/01/2021.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Guiping Yan, Department of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, phone (701-231-7069) and email ( ).

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.

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