Postdoctoral position Department of Plant Pathology North Dakota State University

A postdoctoral position is available in the labs of Dr. Bill Underwood at the USDA-ARS in Fargo, ND and Dr. Robert Brueggeman in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University, Fargo.

The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for conducting research to identify genes and discover mechanisms underlying resistance to the broad host-range fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum using the model dicot host Arabidopsis thaliana. The successful candidate should have training in the areas of molecular plant pathology, molecular genetics and classical genetics and their application to investigate host resistance/susceptibility and host-pathogen interactions.  Responsibilities include designing and critical analysis of laboratory, microscopy, greenhouse and growth chamber experiments to characterize resistance of Arabidopsis to S. sclerotiorum. This will include identification and validation of candidate resistance genes at loci identified by genome-wide association mapping, molecular and physiological characterization of resistance, and assessment of the impact of quantitative Sclerotinia resistance on plant fitness traits including seed yield. The appointment is for 12 months with additional time depending on satisfactory performance and funding.

Please apply online at the NDSU Employment Opportunities website at