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Post-doctoral researcher (microbiologist)
University of North Dakota

Date Posted Mar. 5, 2019
Title Post-doctoral researcher (microbiologist)
University University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND, United States
Department Petroleum Engineering
Application Deadline Apr. 10, 2019
Position Start Date Jun. 1, 2019
  • Post-Doc
  • Medical Microbiology

The departments of Petroleum Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering, in a joint effort, invite applications for a 12-month, post-doctoral research fellow. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable for a second year, pending annual review of performance and continued availability of funding. The appointment will be full-time and benefitted with a start date of no later than 06/01/2019. The PI (Dr. Ostadhassan) looks for a fellow to perform independent research across multiple areas, such as: (A) the use and development of computational biology tools in microbial genomic-enabled data analysis, (B) anaerobic microbial physiology/biochemistry, and © understanding cancer progression from the molecular point of view.

The individuals hired will have the opportunity to substantially shape their research direction within the scope of several ongoing projects that are well supported by the petroleum industry. We seek creative Ph.D. scientists with a publication track record in the field of microbial and/or phage community analysis, biogeochemistry, or microbial metabolism, metagenomics and bioinformatics, and cancer research. Research areas specifically relevant to this hire include understanding microbiomes, predicting metabolic pathways for unknown species, harnessing microbial metabolism for the sulfur generation, and developing metagenomic knowledge of specific microbial organisms.

This is a two-years position funder by UND office of Vice President for Research; however, it can be extended for three to five years of support from the petroleum industry in particular.


  • Strong work ethics, ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to design experiments and perform experimental methods in the lab
  • Strong management skills to oversight all bio-related research and start new lines of investigations
  • Strong analytical, computational, oral and writing skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in geo/microbiology, astrobiology, biochemistry, biophysics, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, computer science, soil science, or equivalent areas of research by start date. Official transcripts/verification by the primary advisor may be requested at a later date
  • Demonstrated publication record in the area of expertise and a record of grant writing
  • Demonstrated research experience with genome or metagenome or analyses
  • Laboratory methods for pathogenic and non-pathogenic diseases

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Proficient using Unix/Linux, Python, and R. Capacity to develop software and scripts for microbial bioinformatics
  • Experience cultivating anaerobic microorganisms, with subsequent physiological or biochemical characterization. Especially, individuals with publications in archaeal and bacterial metabolism
  • Experience using omics to query ‘wild’ viral populations or mobile elements from environmental systems
  • Experience investigating microbial metabolism using ‘omics technology including but not limited to: genome analysis, RNA-seq, metabolomics, and/or proteomics

  • UND is an AA/EEO/Vets/Disabled Employer

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Dr. Mehdi Ostadhassan
    Petroleum Engineering
    University of North Dakota
    Grand Forks, ND
  • 7017773754


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