Full-time Bioinformatician

The Department of Microbiological Sciences is seeking to fill a full-time bioinformatician position to support a new agribiome research initiative. 

Position Information

Position Description & Details:

The Department of Microbiological Sciences is seeking to fill a full-time bioinformatician position to support a new agribiome research initiative. This inititiative aims to harness soil, plant, and animal microbiomes to enhance crop and livestock production and human health. With several recent faculty hires, the department has a vibrant community of researchers pursuing excellence in microbiome science across the agroecosystem.


Working closely with departmental researchers, the bioinformatician will be responsible for establishing a unifying pipeline for analysis of large, high-throughput datasets from amplicon-sequencing, de novo genome sequencing, shotgun metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and metabolomics. 

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 8am-5pm

Advertised Salary:  $50,000 to $85,000, commensurate with experience

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in bioinformatics, data science, computational biology, microbiology, or a related field 
  • Fluency in R and programing languages such as Python
  • Experience working with datasets produced by high-throughput sequencing platforms such as Illumina, PacBio, and Oxford Nanopore
  • Experience working with metagenomics and/or metatranscriptomics datasets
  • Excellent time-management and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing bioinformatic pipelines to simultaneously support multiple research projects.
  • Experience maintaining a server

Applicant Materials Required:  Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, statement of professional goals, and the names and contacts of three (3) professional references.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university – with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university.   Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state.  NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth.  Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community.  NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018).  NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes.   Fargo made Livability.com’s top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall. 

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades.  Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members.  All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


We provide transformational education, create knowledge through innovative research, and share knowledge through community engagement that meets the needs of North Dakota and the world.

Additional Information

No Smoking Notice: 

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement: 

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.

Veteran’s Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: Flexible
Location: North Dakota State University