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Research Specialist (Yan)
Post Date: 04/21/2021
Close Date: 05/31/2021
PO Box 6150, Dept 3140

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$50,000 - $69,999


Job Description:
The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University welcomes applications for a Research Sepcialist position. The successful applicant will: 1) develop/optimize molecular assays to detect and quantify plant-parasitic nematodes and viruliferous nematode populations in soil, and use the assays for plant disease risk assessment, 2) sequence and analyze genome and transcriptome of important nematodes, and 3) identify genes/QTL for resistance to the nematodes of importance. Duties will also include: operating and maintaining equipment, maintaining laboratory supplies and biological resources, tabulating and analyzing data, preparing summaries of results and manuscripts, and presenting research results in meetings.  Other duties will include: supervising and training graduate students and temporary workers and interacting with personnel from other departments and institutions to promoting research collaborations. The appointment is for three years with extension possible depending on satisfactory performance and funding.

Application materials will include a letter describing how minimum and preferred qualifications are met, Resume/CV, names and contact information for three professional references, and copy of transcript from PhD/Master program. Applicants must submit their application online at: https://jobs.ndsu.edu. Screening date will begin 5/31/2021.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Guiping Yan, Department of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, phone (701-231-7069) and email (guiping.yan@ndsu.edu).

NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with 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.

Minimum Qualifications:
*Master's or PhD in Molecular Biology, Nematology, Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences or a related field earned before the start date
*Research experience in molecular biology
*Experience working with microorganisms or plants
*Ability to communicate effectively in English
*Good oral, interpersonal and written communication skills
*Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

Preferred Qualifications:
*Experience in developing molecular procedures for detection of plant pathogens, acquisition and annotation of genome or transcriptome, identification of 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 gene functional analysis
*Experience with laboratory, greenhouse and field research

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