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Post Date: 01/09/2020
Close Date: 02/06/2020
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) develop and optimize molecular assays to detect and quantify plant-parasitic nematodes in soils and plants and viruses on nematodes, and use the assays for plant disease risk assessment, 2) sequence and analyze genome and transcriptome of plant-parasitic nematodes of importance in North Dakota, and 3) identify genes or QTL for resistance to the important plant-parasitic nematodes. Nematodes targeted include but are not limited to: stubby root nematode, root-lesion 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 professional references, and a copy of transcript from the PhD program. Applicants must submit their application online at: https://jobs.ndsu.edu. Screening date will begin 2/6/2020.
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of 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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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; effective oral and written communication skills ; and ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Preferred Requirements:
Experience in developing molecular procedures for detecting plant pathogens, genome or transcriptome acquisition and annotation, identifying plant resistance or nematode parasitism 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, and functional analysis of genes; experience with laboratory, greenhouse and field research; and good interpersonal skills.

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