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Pathology Post doctoral Research Associate

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North Dakota State University

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Position Information FTE: 1.0 Benefits Eligibility: Benefited - includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance Search by Group: Research Personnel Division: Agriculture and University Extension Position Summary Information Position Description: The North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to become a member of a dynamic team investigating strategies for improving the management of diseases of field crops grown in North Dakota. The selected candidate will provide leadership and support for the successful execution of the CREC\u2019s plant pathology research program. Responsibilities will include taking primary leadership responsibilities for the execution of one or more multi-location, 2-year disease management studies, including project design, execution of agronomic tasks, data collection, dissemination of results to stakeholders and the broader scientific community, and assistance with grant writing. Responsibilities will also include assisting in the successful execution of the full range of studies conducted by the CREC\u2019s plant pathology program, including study design and planning; agronomic tasks (tillage, planting, pesticide applications, harvest, and seed yield and quality assessment); treatment imposition, including fungicide applications with hand-held equipment; microbiology work, including isolation and identification of pathogens and production of pathogen inoculum for field trials; data analysis and reporting; and supervision of seasonal and part-time student workers. Operation of agricultural field equipment, willingness to conduct the full range of tasks associated with the successful execution of field research studies, and an ability to effectively disseminate findings through oral and written communication will be expected. This position is a 12-month appointment renewable for a second year on the basis of performance and available funding. The Carrington Research Extension Center is one of seven agricultural research and outreach centers across the state administered by North Dakota State University. The CREC has scientists leading research and outreach efforts in agronomy, soil science, animal science, precision agriculture, and plant pathology, and it employs approx. 30 full-time staff. It is located in the transition zone between the eastern corn- and soybean-producing region of the state and the highly diversified agriculture of central North Dakota, and it conducts research and extension addressing needs of agricultural producers across the state. Carrington is a community of approximately 2,500 people centrally located 120 to 140 miles from each of the four largest cities in North Dakota. It has progressive schools (K-12), a hospital and clinic, and recreation opportunities including hunting, fishing and birding. Minimum Qualifications: \u2022PhD in plant pathology, agronomy, or closely related field \u2022Demonstrated ability to plan and successfully execute field research studies, analyze and interpret results, and disseminate findings to stakeholders and scientists through effective oral and written communication. \u2022Willingness and ability to assist in all aspects of study execution, including study layout and design, operation of agricultural field equipment, completion of agronomic tasks, data collection, and microbiology tasks. \u2022Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to work within a team. \u2022Demonstrated interest in crop disease management research and education. Preferred Qualifications: \u2022Familiarity with crops grown in the Northern Plains and associated production techniques. \u2022Demonstrated ability to operate farm equipment. Physical Demands: Physical demands would be those typical of standard agricultural field activities. These include climbing on and off equipment, walking through tilled fields and among plants, and some moderate lifting. Open Until Filled: Yes Search Type: Internal\/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants Special Instructions to Applicants: Screening will begin 2\/5\/18. Special Conditions: 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. \u00a7 23-12-10. EO\/AA Statement: 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. Veteran\u2019s Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran\u2019s Preference requirements.

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North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, ranked by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education among the top 108 public and private universities in the country. NDSU is in the elite category of "Research Universities/Very High Research Activity." NDSU is one of two flagship universities in North Dakota, with several programs ranked in the Top 100 by the National Science Foundation. NDSU is fully accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

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