We seek a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Geddes lab in the Department of Microbiological Sciences at North Dakota State University. The researcher will work to understand principles of the rhizobium-legume symbiosis and broader plant-microbe interactions with an aim to translating discoveries to engineering root nodule symbiosis in cereal crops. Research objectives will involve the application of a wide range of cutting-edge molecular biology and bacterial genetics techniques including advanced molecular cloning, synthetic genomics and bioinformatics.

The researcher will join a large, dynamic group and be involved in mentoring several graduate students in experimental design and manuscript preparation. There will also be opportunities to develop independent lines of research.

The search will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin March 31, 2023, with an anticipated start date in early June, 2023. Initial funding is available for two years.

Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Advertised Salary: $50,000-$55,000

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Plant Pathology, Biology, Biochemistry or related life sciences.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in plant-microbe interactions
  • Experience with molecular cloning and bacterial genetics
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing
  • Applicant Materials Required:
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • List of two references

Benefits: 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: The Department of Microbiological Sciences serves the local, national and international communities by teaching the concepts and applications of microbiology in a student-centered environment and by using our unique expertise to explore novel research in microbiology. Through the agribiome initiative we have recently fostered a cluster of excellence in understanding the microbial ecology of agricultural systems. Our department values lifelong discovery, intellectual integrity, collegiality, and diversity.

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.

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 ndsu.hr@ndsu.edu.

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.


Review of applications will begin March 31, 2023

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