Entomological Diagnostician

Fargo, ND
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Feb 06, 2018
Job Type
Full Time
Position Description:
The NDSU Extension Plant Diagnostic Laboratory ( PDL ), administered through the Department of Plant Pathology, invites applicants for the position of Entomological Diagnostician. The successful applicant will: 1) work with commercial and homeowner clientele regarding insect identification, and 2) support all aspects of the PDL as needed. Specific duties include: identifying insect pests to the appropriate level; receiving plant disease, weed, and insect samples and entering information into the database; interacting in a professional manner with commercial and homeowner clients in person and electronically; consulting with appropriate NDSU personnel as needed to make accurate and timely identifications of insect pests and plant diseases; assisting with the processing and analysis of plant samples requiring standardized tests (such as performing DNA extractions or PCR / ELISA ). Additional responsibilities will include: preparing written reports that summarize the insect diagnosis and provide management recommendations under the guidance of the NDSU Extension entomologist; working cooperatively with the plant diagnostician and lab technician to assist NDSU Extension, state and federal regulatory, and NDSU research personnel; assisting with seed health testing; participate with the Great Plains Diagnostic Network.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • B.S. in entomology or closely related field
  • Demonstrated experience with insect identification
  • Demonstrated skills in microscopy and PCR
  • Demonstrated time management skills
  • Computer skills
  • Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • A willingness to learn new skills and techniques
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivation
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Experience teaching at the college level (graduate teaching experience is acceptable), or presenting extension material

Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.S. in entomology, or closely related field
  • Experience working in a lab
  • Experience with field insect identification and/or on field entomological surveys
  • Experience working with either commercial or homeowner clientele.

Screening Date: 02/20/2018
Open Until Filled: No
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:
submit: 1) a letter of application explaining how the minimum and preferred qualifications are met, 2) a current resume or CV, and 3) names and contact information for three references.

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
    • CareerFargo.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
    • JobsHQ
    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Higheredjobs.com
    • Indeed.com
    • 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. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  2. Veterans Administration Letter
  3. Other Document 1

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