Soybean Pathology Assistant Professor

  • North Dakota State University
  • Fargo, ND
  • Apr 26, 2021
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture

Job Description


Job ID: 2925040

Location: Fargo

Department: AES Plant Pathology

Position Information

The Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University invites applicants for a 12-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. The appointment is for research (90%) and teaching (10%). The successful candidate will develop an externally-funded research program with both applied and fundamental components on the biology and management of soybean diseases in the state. Research will focus on diseases of economic importance caused by fungi and oomycetes but collaboration on diseseases caused by other pathogen groups is possible. The position is open to all areas of fundamental research including but not limited to epidemiology, pathogen biology, host resistance, genomics, plant-microbe interactions, and the agribiome. Collaboration with NDSU soybean breeding programs and interaction with soybean pathologists in the region and nation is expected. The appointee will publish results in refereed journals, interact with and disseminate information to appropriate grower and industry groups, advise graduate students, and teach a graduate-level course in an area of expertise. Service to the university and the profession of plant pathology is expected.

The successful applicant will join a group of 16 diverse and productive faculty, including a nematologist, who address the needs of the state's agricultural producers and advance the discipline of plant pathology through research, teaching and extension. Soybean, produced on over six million acres in North Dakota each year, is the most important broadleaf crop in the state. Recent facility enhancements available to this position include a state-of-the-art greenhouse complex, recently-remodeled and updated laboratory space, and access to field research locations throughout North Dakota.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications include: an earned Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or closely related fields; extensive experience with economically-important diseases of soybean or other agronomic crops; demonstrated ability to conduct research and publish research results in high-quality journals appropriate to the discipline; ability to work effectively, cooperatively, and collegially with a diverse population of stakeholder groups, colleagues, students, and scientists from other disciplines; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Preferred qualifications include: post-doctoral experience; demonstrated ability to develop an independent research program; demonstrated experience with crop commodity groups; and successful experience obtaining extramural funding.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications.

APPLICATION: For full consideration, all application materials must be received by June 7, 2021. Apply online at Employment Opportunities | NDSU (job opening id #2925040). Documents to submit include:

1.  An application letter that describes your research and teaching interests relative to the position and how the minimum and preferred qualifications are met.

2.  Curriculum vitae.

3.  Names and contact information for three references.

Please direct questions about the position or the department to: Dr. Jack Rasmussen, Department Head, at


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.

Additional Information

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. 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

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