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Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Gill)

North Dakota University System
Fargo, North Dakota, US
Closing date
Jun 4, 2024

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
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Description & Details:

The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research in biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in cereals and their wild relatives. The project focuses on developing genomics and genetics resources in wheat and its wild relatives to study biotic and abiotic stress traits including wheat rusts. Research will involve, but is not limited to, phenotyping segregating plant populations for various cereal diseases and abiotic traits under field and greenhouse conditions, identify genes involved in stress tolerance using genetic mapping and genome-wide association studies, functionally characterize identified genes(s), conduct transcriptomics/genomics experiments, use bioinformatics/genetics/statistics tools for data analysis, present research findings to collaborators and at national/international conferences, and prepare project reports and manuscripts for journals.

The successful candidate will have experience in: conducting biotic and abiotic stress tolerance research; phenotyping plants in the field/greenhouse for disease reaction and/or abiotic stress (drought, heat, etc.); and handling and analyzing genomics data, molecular characterization of genes, etc. The postdoc will communicate research findings with project investigator Dr. Upinder Gill on a regular basis. In addition, the postdoc is expected to work closely with graduate students in the lab. The postdoc must also be able to communicate effectively both verbally and written. The appointment will be for one year, but may be renewed contingent on the availability of funds.

Minimum Qualifications:

* PhD in plant pathology, plant sciences, botany, or related discipline
* Sound knowledge of and demonstrated experience in biotic/abiotic stress tolerance
* Experience in plant molecular biology, genetics, and genomics
* Experience in bioinformatics data analysis
* Sound verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

* Experience in genomics and gene cloning in plants
* Knowledge of cereal diseases and host-pathogen interactions
* Knowledge of molecular tools and classical genetics
* Knowledge of programming languages used in bioinformatics

Applicant Materials Required:

Applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter discussing how the stated qualifications are met; 2) a detailed curriculum vitae; 3) unofficial academic transcripts from all institutions attended; 4) contact information (including phone numbers, institutional addresses, and email addresses) of three references who worked closely with the candidate.


$45,000+ depending on experience

Position open until filled, screening will begin 2/8/24


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

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