The department of Plant Pathology at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) is seeking a highly motivated individual with a proven track record of productivity for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the postharvest pathology research in sugarbeet. We study multiple pathogens of sugarbeet causing storage diseases responsible for sugar loss in the storage and in the factory. The position is currently available for a year and is extendable for additional years based on availability of funding and project performance.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work on sugarbeet storage diseases with emphasis on microbial ecology, soil and plant microbiomes and plant-pathogen interactions to characterize plant pathogens and identify novel disease management tools. The postdoctoral research associate will gain experience in using advanced molecular tools including long read Oxford Nanopore sequencing and bioinformatics skills for the microbiome data analysis.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be responsible for conducting experiments, data collection, writing manuscripts, maintaining records, and ensuring compliance with the Safety Office.

Advertised Salary:
Commensurate with experience

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph. D in Plant Pathology, genetics, microbiology, or a related field.  Must have hands on experiences with molecular biology techniques such as RNA/DNA extraction, RNA/DNA purification, Next-Generation Sequencing etc. A strong background in bioinformatics including with the analysis of NGS data would be preferable. Also, working experience in the greenhouse and laboratory settings is desired.

Preferred Qualifications:
Working experience with plant pathogens, molecular technologies, and Next-Generation Sequence data analysis is desirable.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Must be able to work in the laboratory to conduct experiments and work under greenhouse conditions.  Scientific communication skills of writing manuscripts for scientific publication are expected. Must be able to work in team environment.

Applicant Materials Required:
Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae including a publication list, names of three current and professional references with their email address and contact phone numbers.  Applications must be submitted on or before November 17, 2022 online.  NDSU is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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.

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.


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