The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University has a research specialist position available to conduct applied and molecular plant pathology research on rust diseases in wheat and other economically important crops in North Dakota.  The position is considered permanent with full benefits as per the current policies of North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and subject to job performance.

The individual will 1) manage all aspects of planning, coordinating, and conducting field trials, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments, 2) assist research personnel in experiments, data analysis, and publication of manuscripts/reports, 3) coordinate smooth and efficient operations in laboratory, greenhouses, and field locations by working cooperatively with other staff, faculty and ag professionals, and maintaining an up to date inventory of seed, pathogen isolates, research supplies, and other resources in the program, 4) develop efficient laboratory and greenhouse protocols, 5) communicate and cooperate with public and private sector stakeholders.Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Upinder Gill ( 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Biology, Biology or a closely related discipline
  • Experience working with plant pathogens and plant diseases
  • Experience with applied research on plant disease resistance
  • Experience with molecular techniques
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Plant Pathology or closely related discipline
  • Experience working with rust diseases of economically important crops
  • Experience with lab management and employee supervision
  • Experience with statistical analysis
  • Experience with genomics data analysis.

Salary:  $45,000+ /year commensurate with experience

Required Applicant Documents:  1) a cover letter discussing how the stated qualifications are met; 2) curriculum vitae or resume; 3) unofficial academic transcripts; 4) contact information (including phone numbers, email, and addresses) of three references from recent positions held.


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. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the state.

NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018).  NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes.   Fargo made’s top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall. 

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.

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Screening will begin 9/16/2022

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

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