Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Approximately $65,000 annually, depending on qualification
Mar 17, 2022
May 22, 2022
Organization Type

Post Doc Research Associate on Grassland and Rangeland Management to support Pollinators in North Dakota (UND) 

Closing Date: n/a 

Employer: Department of Earth System Science and Policy, University of North Dakota

Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota

Employment Type: Full Time, 2 years



Applications are being accepted for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship positions in the Department of Earth System Science and Policy (ESSP) of the University of North Dakota (UND) working with Dr. Haochi Zheng and Dr. Soizik Laguette. The position is currently open and starting date is no later than July 1st, 2022. 


Duties & Responsibilities 

The successful candidate will conduct research on identifying plant species and management techniques that are suitable to support pollinators in farmland and ranchland dominated agroecosystems. This postdoc research associate will gain knowledge on conservation practices that are economic sustainable for small farm and rancher producers and environmental protective for pollinators. Working with the co-PIs and other collaborators inside and outside of the UND campus, the postdoc research associate’s work may include, but is not necessarily limited to: 

Collect preliminary data and information on current ranching pattern and practices and their impacts on pollinators; Assess common forage species on their ecological characteristics, agronomic productivities, and the economic performance, with association to pollinators. Engage with local rancher, farming, and beekeeping communities to identify practical and economic barriers in adopting sustainable management to support pollinators. Submit, and assist submitting proposals for external funding. 


Required Competencies 

Understand of pollinator, pollination ecology, and their conservation needs. Knowledge on plant species and their characteristics related to pollinators. Strong oral and written communications skills. Quantitative and analytical skills. Good organizational skills. 


Minimum Requirements 

Ph.D. degree or successfully defended Ph. D. dissertation in the field of Grassland Ecology, Range Science, Entomology (pollinators), Natural Resource Management, Agricultural Economics (livestock management), or a related discipline by the start date. Successful completion of criminal history records check. 

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 


Preferred Qualifications 

Experience in fieldwork and stakeholder engagement Spatial analytical skill in ArcGIS, ENVI, or Programming skills in Matlab, Python, or other scientific programming language. 


Minimum Hiring Salary 

Approximately $65,000 annually, depending on qualification 


Work Schedule/Start Date 

Before July 1, 2021. 


To Apply 

For full consideration, applications must be received by April 1, 2022, and include the following materials: 

  • Curriculum Vitae.  
  • Brief summary of research interests.  
  • Publication listing.  
  • Contract information for a minimum of 3 professional references. 

Position is open until filled. 

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Additional Information 

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes. 


Confidentiality of Application Materials 

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus. 


EEO Statement 

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application. 


Veteran’s Preference 

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months. 


Clery Statement 

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