Postdoctoral Research Associate

Fargo, ND
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Feb 12, 2018
Job Type
Full Time
Position Description:
The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University welcomes applications for a postdoctoral research associate position. The successful applicant will: 1) develop and optimize molecular assays to detect and quantify plant-parasitic nematodes in soils and agricultural plants, and use the assays for nematode plant disease risk assessment, 2) sequence and analyze genome and transcriptome of plant-parasitic nematodes of importance in North Dakota, and 3) identify genes or QTL for resistance to the important plant-parasitic nematodes. Nematodes targeted include but are not limited to: soybean cyst nematode, root-lesion nematode, and stubby root nematode. The appointment is for 12 months with extension possible depending on satisfactory performance and funding.

Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology, Nematology, Plant Sciences or a related field earned before the start date; research experience in basic or applied molecular biology; experience working with microorganisms or plants; effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in developing real-time PCR procedures for detecting plant pathogens, QTL mapping, and genome and transcriptome annotation; experience with molecular techniques such as DNA and RNA extraction, gene cloning and sequence analysis, primer and probe design, functional analysis of genes, SNP marker development, and bioinformatics analysis; experience with laboratory, greenhouse and field research.

Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Application materials will include a letter describing how minimum and preferred qualifications are met, a detailed 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 3/16/2018.
Contact name: Dr. Guiping Yan
Contact phone: 701-231-7069
Contact email:
City, state and zip: Fargo, ND, 58108

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:
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of 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.
Location (City, State): Fargo, ND

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. Are you a North Dakota resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. If yes, list exact dates of service:
    (Open Ended Question)
  4. Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Academic Department
    • Bismarck Tribune
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
    • JobsHQ
    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Job Service of North Dakota
    • NDSU Employee
    • NDSU Website
    • Other newspaper (Please specify below)
    • Professional Publication/Organization Website
    • University Placement Office
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Other (Please specify below)
  6. If Other, please specify:
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  2. Veterans Administration Letter
  3. Other Document 1

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