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Post Date: 12/14/2018
Close Date: 01/15/2019
North Dakota State University

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$30,000 - $49,999

Fargo, ND

Job Description:
The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University welcomes applications for a postdoctoral research associate position. The successful applicant will: 1) sequence and analyze genome and transcriptome of plant-parasitic nematodes of importance in North Dakota, 2) develop and optimize molecular assays to detect and quantify plant-parasitic nematodes in soils and agricultural plants, and use the assays for nematode plant disease risk assessment, and 3) identify genes or QTL for resistance to the important plant-parasitic nematodes. Nematodes targeted include but are not limited to: root-lesion nematode, stubby root nematode, and soybean cyst nematode. The appointment is for 12 months with extension possible depending on satisfactory performance and funding.
Application materials will include a letter describing how minimum and preferred qualifications are met, a detailed CV, names and contact information for three references, and copies of transcript from the PhD program. Applicants must submit their application online at: https://jobs.ndsu.edu.
Screening will begin 1/15/19
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Minimum Requirements:
PhD in Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology, Nematology, Plant Sciences or a related field earned before the start date; research experience in basic or applied molecular biology; experience working with microorganisms or plants; ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written; ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Preferred Requirements:
Experience in genome and transcriptome acquisition and annotation, developing molecular procedures for detecting plant pathogens, identifying plant resistance genes, and whole-genome wide association mapping; experience with bioinformatics analysis and molecular techniques such as DNA and RNA extraction, gene cloning and sequence analysis, primer and probe design, SNP marker development, and functional analysis of genes; experience with laboratory, greenhouse and field research.

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