Assistant Professor

Fargo, ND
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Dec 12, 2018
Job Type
Full Time
Position Description:
The Department of Microbiological Sciences at North Dakota State University seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative tenure-track Assistant Professor (9-month) with expertise in the microbial ecology of agricultural systems to contribute to the department's teaching, research, and outreach mission. Candidates who employ their research to understand complex microbial systems impacting production agriculture are encouraged to apply. Microbiological Sciences has a commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates who will enrich NDSU's academic and culturally inclusive environment to consider this position.

NDSU is a student focused, land grant, research institution. As such, successful candidates will be expected to teach and advise students at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as develop and maintain an extramurally funded, independent research program. Potential undergraduate courses include Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, or Molecular Ecology with graduate level teaching in areas of expertise. In addition to undergraduate, Master's, and doctoral degree programs in Microbiology, the Department partners with interdisciplinary graduate programs in Genomics, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, and Cellular and Molecular Biology for access to well-qualified students and collaborators.

NDSU researchers find solutions and discover opportunities that enhance the quality of life; sustain food, feed, fiber, and fuel production; and protect the land and resources of North Dakota. The department offers a competitive salary and benefits package. In addition to well-equipped departmental laboratory space, core biology and synthesis research facilities, and a high-powered computing cluster, the successful candidate will have access to BSL3 research greenhouses, agricultural plots, the NDSU Beef Cattle Research Complex, the Advanced Imaging & Microscopy Laboratory, and the NDSU Electron Microscopy Center, as well as a collaborative network of scientists, extension personnel, commodity groups, and a supportive agricultural community.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Ph.D. degree in a relevant field of study
• Postdoctoral research experience
• Evidence of significant, recent research accomplishments
• A commitment to excellence in teaching
• Professional and effective oral and written communication skills
• Ability to interact and collaborate effectively with a diversity of colleagues and students

Preferred Qualifications:
• Evidence of research accomplishments in microbial ecology as it relates to microbiomes impacting production agriculture
• Research experience in the biological, environmental, and functional diversity of microbiomes; interactions of microbes and plants; or the role of microbes in ecosystem health
• Experience in the use of computational approaches and bioinformatics to understand microbiome responses to environmental changes
• Experience in securing extramural funding
• Evidence of the ability to communicate scientific knowledge to a range of stakeholders
• Experience teaching college-level lecture and laboratory courses

Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To apply, please include the following information:
• cover letter addressing qualifications for the position
• curriculum vitae
• summary of current and proposed research (2-3 pages)
• teaching philosophy and interests (2-3 pages)
• names and email addresses of three references
A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists.
Screening will begin 1/11/19

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. * How did you hear about this position?
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    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
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    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Job Service of North Dakota
    • NDSU Employee
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  2. If Other, please specify:
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  3. Are you a North Dakota resident?
    • Yes
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  4. Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran's preference?
    • Yes
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  5. If yes, list exact dates of service:
    (Open Ended Question)
  6. Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No

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

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