Post-doctoral Fellow

Fargo, ND
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Dec 19, 2018
Job Type
Full Time
Position Description:
An enthusiastic and highly motivated post-doctoral researcher is sought to join the lab of Dr. Timothy Greives ( in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University ( NDSU ). This is a NSF funded position to study the relationship between reproductive hormones, daily behavioral rhythms and reproductive success in a wild Eurasian songbird (Parus major). The initial length of the contract will be for one year with the opportunity to renew for up to two additional years. This integrative project is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Michaela Hau at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Seewiesen, Germany). The post-doc will primarily reside in Fargo, ND, but will collaboratively conduct field research in Germany requiring extended stays of up to several months at a time. During this position, the post-doc will gain valuable experience in research design, avian field research techniques, endocrine and molecular techniques, international research experience, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The post-doc is also encouraged to pursue independent lines of research related to this project. The start date is somewhat flexible, but ideally will begin around August 15, 2019.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must 1) have a Ph.D. degree in biological sciences or a related discipline from an accredited institution; 2) have a demonstrated interest in research in physiological or evolutionary ecology; and 3) have strong oral and written communication skills, including an ability to work as part of team and collaborate with others, 4) ability and desire to work both in the United States and abroad in Germany.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated interest in 1) behavioral endocrinology; 2) biological rhythms; 3) evolutionary physiology and experience with: 4) avian field research 5) EIA hormone assays, 6) and automated behavioral monitoring, including automated telemetry and RFID monitoring, 7) and a valid driver's license and ability to operate a manual transmission vehicle.

Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a description of research experience (2 pages maximum) under Research Plan; and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references under Other Document 1. All application materials must be submitted online at:

Review of applications will begin March 5, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be sent to

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)
  7. * Are you eligible to work in the United States and Germany?
    • Yes
    • No

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