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Faculty Position: Physiological Genomicist

North Dakota State University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for this 9-month tenure-track position to begin service on 16 August 2009.

THE DEPARTMENT : The Department of Biological Sciences has 16 tenured/tenure eligible faculty members and offers BA/BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees. There are some 500 undergraduate and 40 graduate students enrolled in its programs. Undergraduate degrees are offered in biological sciences, biological sciences education, botany, comprehensive science education, and zoology. Graduate degrees are offered in biology, botany, and zoology; the department also participates in the cellular and molecular biology, environment and conservation sciences, genomics and bioinformatics, and natural resource management interdisciplinary graduate programs. Research in the department is clustered into two main focal areas: developmental and regulatory biology; and ecology, evolutionary, and conservation biology. See

THE UNIVERSITY: North Dakota State University is enjoying a remarkable period of growth and success. Located on the state's eastern border in Fargo, North Dakota's largest city, NDSU is the state's Morrill Act land-grant institution. Recognized as an engaged university and considered a leader among its peers, NDSU has set numerous enrollment records in recent years. With more than 13,000 students, NDSU encompasses a broad spectrum of curricular offerings, scholarly activity and service. The university strives to be an innovator in information systems, technology transfer, economic development and lifelong learning. NDSU also is home to the state's fi rst full NCAA Division I athletic program. Innovative teaching and learning are conducted in nine academic units: the Colleges of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Engineering and Architecture; Human Development and Education; Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences; Science and Mathematics; University Studies; and the Graduate School. NDSU has 41 doctoral and professional doctorate programs, 54 master's degree programs, one specialist degree, one professional degree and 99 baccalaureate majors.

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and NDSU Extension Service are integral parts of the university.

NDSU employs almost 600 ranked faculty and lecturers, about 250 extension educators and experiment station researchers, and more than 700 graduate assistants and fellows. In total, the university has nearly 4,600 full-time and part-time employees across the state. NDSU, which is one of two major research universities in an 11-institution state university system, is striving to substantially increase the number of international students enrolled at the undergraduate and graduate levels. NDSU also serves people across the state through continuing education and extension programs. NDSU participates in the Tri-College University consortium with neighboring Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College.

THE COMMUNITY: Named one of the most desirable places in the country to live by Money magazine, Fargo is quickly earning a reputation as a great place to live. Located in the rich farmlands of the Red River Valley, the Fargo-Moorhead community has many qualities that contribute to this reputation, including highlyrespected educational opportunities K-12 through college, advanced medical technology, a progressive business community, numerous cultural and arts opportunities, a clean environment and goodhearted, friendly people. With more than 160,000 people in the community and about 500,000 people in the service area, Fargo- Moorhead is among the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle and was recently named an All-American City. To learn more about what national publications are saying about the community's quality of life, visit ife.html.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University has a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Physiological Genomics at the rank of Assistant Professor, available fall 2009 (16 August 2009). The position is 40% teaching, 50% research, and 10% service. The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally-funded dynamic research program that complements existing strengths in the department and to supervise M.S. and Ph.D. students. Teaching duties include 1 course per semester and advisement of undergraduate and graduate students. The position will be highly competitive with regard to start-up funds, space, and salary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have 1) a Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in a discipline appropriate to physiological genomics; 2) relevant postdoctoral experience, 3) demonstrated research experience using system-wide approaches in comparative animal models that link genes and pathways to physiological processes that compliment existing strengths in the department (e.g., metabolism, growth, and reproduction) and evidence of peer-reviewed publication; 4) strong potential to develop an externally-funded research program; 5) evidence of ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels; 6) strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to work/collaborate with others.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to candidates with 1) an application of their research program to environmental adaptation and 2) demonstrated ability in obtaining extramural funding.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply for this position through NDSU's online application system at: Central?quickFind=50741 Applicants should complete an online application and submit the following items 1) a letter of application, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a description of research interests (2 pages maximum), 4) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy (2 pages maximum), and 5) reprints of a maximum of three representative publications. Only online applications will be accepted.

For questions regarding this position, feel free to contact the Physiological Genomicist Search Committee at Review of applications will begin February 15, 2009, and continue until a suitable applicant pool has been established.

NDSU is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and has an active career partner program.

M.Sc., Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Opportunities in Cod Aquaculture, Genomics, Physiology and Behaviour

Genome Atlantic’s C-ADAP3T (Comparative Assessment of Diploid and Polyploid Physiology and Production Traits) Cod Project, funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (Atlantic Innovation Fund) and others, is a large, multi-disciplinary research effort that will: 1) perform a comprehensive evaluation of how triploidy influences production-relevant traits; and 2) develop molecular and other genetic markers of superior egg quality in cod. See for details.

We have openings for two M.Sc. students, three Ph.D. students and one post-doctoral fellow in this exciting project. Although the specific research programs of these individuals will depend on interests, work will be conducted in the following areas:

  1. Growth and feed utilization, including genes and molecular pathways involved in their regulation;
  2. Thermal tolerance and metabolic capacity, assessed using a variety of approaches including functional genomics;
  3. Stress and immune responses, assessed using various approaches including functional genomics;
  4. Identification and validation of molecular biomarkers of superior egg quality; and
  5. Cage site performance, including behavioural studies using telemetry.
Funding is available immediately, with all positions to be filled between April 1 and September 1, 2009. Experience in fish research, husbandry and/or some of the areas listed above would be an asset. However, training will be provided in the techniques required for particular projects. These techniques could include the following: DNA microarray hybridization, quantitative reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction, cDNA library construction and characterization for targeted gene discovery, microscopy and image analysis, respirometry, bioenergetics, proximate analysis, fish telemetry, spectrophotometry, ELISA, radioimmunoassays etc.

These positions will be with Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) and the University of New Brunswick (UNB). However, candidates working in New Brunswick will conduct their research at the St. Andrews Biological Station (SABS, Fisheries and Oceans Canada;

Principal Investigators involved in this research are Dr. Kurt Gamperl (MUN), Dr. Edward Trippel (SABS), Dr. Matthew Rise (MUN), and Dr. Tillmann Benfey (UNB). Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, a resume, academic transcript(s) from previous degree(s) (unofficial copies are acceptable) and the names and contact details for 3 referees who can comment on the applicant’s research experience/ potential to Krista Melville ( For further information about C-ADAP3T or aspects of the research program/positions please contact Dr. Kurt Gamperl (709-737-2692; or Dr. Edward Trippel (506-529-5937;

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