Post Doctoral Research Associate (Yan)

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
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Description & Details:

The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University welcomes applications for a Research Associate position. The successful applicant will: 1) develop/optimize molecular assays to detect and quantify plant-parasitic nematodes and viruliferous nematode populations in fields, and use the assays for plant disease risk assessment, 2) sequence and analyze genome and transcriptome of important nematodes, and 3) identify genes for resistance to the nematodes and conduct gene functional analysis. Duties will also include: operating and maintaining equipment, maintaining laboratory supplies and biological resources, tabulating and analyzing data, preparing summaries of results and manuscripts, and presenting research results in meetings. Other duties will include: supervising and training graduate students and temporary workers and interacting with personnel from other departments and institutions to promoting research collaborations. The appointment is for three years with extension possible depending on satisfactory performance and funding.

Work Schedule:


Advertised Salary:

$50,000 minimum, depending on experience

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD/Master in Molecular Biology, Nematology, Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences or a related field earned before the start date; research experience in 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 molecular procedures for detection of plant pathogens, acquisition and annotation of genome or transcriptome, identification of plant resistance or nematode parasitism genes, and whole-genome wide association mapping; experience with bioinformatics analysis and molecular techniques such as DNA and RNA extraction, gene cloning and sequence analysis, primer and probe design, and gene functional analysis; experience with laboratory, greenhouse and field research; and good interpersonal skills.

Applicant Materials Required:

Application materials will include a letter describing how minimum and preferred qualifications are met, CV, names and contact information for three references, and copy of transcript from PhD program. Applicants must submit their application online at: . Screening date will begin 1/9/24.

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 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

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see ).


NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities.

North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with a commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families.

NDSU is listed at 95 among 404 public universities based on the university’s research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; materials science; natural resources and conservation science; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

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