North Dakota State University: Post-doctoral Position, Insect Physiology

Posted on September 20, 2022
Expires: December 20, 2022

North Dakota State University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for this 12-month position to begin 30 November 2022 or as soon thereafter following hiring approval.

The Department

The Department of Biological Sciences has 18 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and 4 teaching faculty. There are approximately 450 undergraduate and 50 graduate students enrolled in its programs. Undergraduate degrees are offered in biological sciences and biological sciences education. The department offers BA/BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees, and also participates in several interdisciplinary graduate programs: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environment and Conservation Sciences, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Natural Resource Management, and STEM Education. Research in the department is clustered into three main focal areas: developmental and regulatory biology; ecology, evolutionary, and conservation biology; and STEM education. See

The University

From the first 30 students in 1890 to about 12,000 enrolled today, NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university. Combined with a strong commitment to student success and the advancement of research in all disciplines, NDSU offers a dynamic environment for students to participate in improving themselves and the world around them. As a land-grant university, NDSU provides cultural and educational outreach to the residents of the state, region and beyond. NDSU is classified as a very high research university by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, placing it in the nation’s top private and public universities. NDSU is the first and only institution in North Dakota to receive the prestigious categorization.

The Community

Fargo combines the safety and friendliness of a small town with the cultural offerings of a large city. With a metro-area population of nearly 200,000, Fargo-Moorhead is the largest community between Minneapolis and Seattle. The city consistently appears on national lists of the best places to live and is noted for its safety, health care, recreation, job opportunities and economic development. The community offers museums, movie theaters, shopping, concerts and sporting events at many venues. Bus service both around campus and in the community is free for NDSU students. An international airport and a commercial bus line serve Fargo-Moorhead. Residents enjoy North Dakota’s four seasons, which allow for a wide variety of outdoor activities, from ice fishing and cross-country skiing in the winter to golfing, boating and outdoor live music events in the summer. Fargo Moorhead has 175 public parks covering more than 3,000 acres. The parks offer nearly 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and running, plus facilities for baseball, softball, swimming, tennis and hockey.

Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University has a 12-month, postdoctoral fellowship, beginning 30 November 2022 or as soon thereafter following hiring approval. The successful candidate will work with a group of core faculty in insect physiology. The postdoctoral researcher will work on multiple research projects focusing on the regulation of metamorphosis, diapause, and aging in solitary bees. In addition to working with project personnel at NDSU and the USDA-ARS, the postdoctoral fellow will mentor graduate and undergraduate assistants. Salary is competitive. Support is for two years with potential for renewal.

Minimum Candidates must have: 1) completed a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a discipline appropriate to the biological sciences; 2) evidence of peer-reviewed publication; 3) effective oral and written communication skills; and 4) ability to interact and collaborate effectively with a diverse team of colleagues and students.

Preferred Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated ability in any of the following: 1) stress physiology; 2) aging physiology; 3) regulation of diapause; 3) molecular biology/genomics/transcriptomics; 4) research on model or non-model insects; 5) experience mentoring undergraduate students in independent research; 6) experience applying for grant funding.


Applicants must submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a description of research experience (2 pages maximum); and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be sent to

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

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