Position Description & Details:

A full-time postdoctoral research fellow position is available at the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo. The successful candidate will work closely with the NDSU Oat breeding program and the USDA-ARS Fargo Genotyping Laboratory and should have experience in plant breeding techniques, crossing in oats, molecular mapping, molecular genotyping, physical mapping, QTL analysis, association mapping, breeding/marker assisted selection, data analysis. The candidate will develop bi- and multi-parent mapping populations in oat to investigate the molecular and genetic mechanism of key economic traits of oat particularly Beta glucan inheritance, yield and yield component traits, and plant resistance to stem and crown rust. The candidate will also perform association mapping studies with bi-parental and breeding populations currently under field evaluation. The fellow will be active in generating, collecting, and analyzing high-throughput genotyping and phenotyping data in the laboratory, greenhouse, and field trials.  The position is for two years with possibility of extension subject to performance and funding availability.

Advertised Salary:  $42,000

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A PhD in genetics, plant sciences, molecular biology, plant pathology or related fields is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in statistical analysis programming language (R, python) is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise with oat crossing and phenotyping.  
  • Able to work independently as well as in a team-oriented environment.


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.

Screening will begin 11/10/20

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 entire state.  NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth.  Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community.  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 Livability.com’s top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall. 

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades.  Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members.  All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.



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