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Research Assistant Professor - Yakoub Lab

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: DescriptionA Research Assistant Professor position is available immediately to conduct and support research related to brain and virus diseases.

The applicant will work as a Research Assistant Professor, supervising and conducting exciting top-notch research with Prof. Abraam Yakoub including discussing projects with investigators and personnel, performing experiments and data analysis and paper writing and publishing. The Yakoub lab is well-funded and boasts a deep mentoring culture.

This position can enable competent junior scientists to be competitive in the job market when they apply for tenure-track positions at intensive research institutions, through (1) working on big-idea projects with the potential for high-profile publications and (2) assisting them in applying for independent funding that can make them attractive candidates for tenure-track positions.

The duties of the position will include reading and knowing the relevant literature, attending and presenting at scientific meetings, and writing manuscripts. The successful candidate will be expected to write and submit grants to NIH and to other funding agencies, for example, NSF, DoD and private foundations.

Compensation and AppointmentPosition:  Research Assistant Professor

Remuneration / Salary:  Commensurate with Qualifications

Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, long term care insurance, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans. 

This position is a twelve (12) month, non-tenure track, special appointment with University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Job Summary and Responsibilities                                                      

The applicant will design and conduct experiments to test new hypotheses related to roles of viral and neurological conditions and their interactions, using stem cell and mouse models. Broad skills in life sciences are needed, including, cell culture, mouse models, mouse brain stereotaxic injections, histology, imaging, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, gene editing, neuroscience (molecular and circuitry), etc. Independence and motivation (being self-driven).

In addition to conducting experiments, the duties of the position will include supervising students and postdocs, designing projects, and helping with grant writing.

Minimum Requirements
    Ph.D. in molecular biology, life sciences or any related field.At least 2 year postdoctoral or similar experience.At least 1 first or corresponding author peer-reviewed publications in biology research broadly defined.
Preferred Requirements
    Broad skills in life sciences, including molecular biology, cell culture, mouse models, mouse brain stereotaxic injections, histology, imaging, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, gene editing, neuroscience (molecular and circuitry), etc. Independence and motivation (being self-driven).  Demonstrated potential to acquire extramural fundingExcellent verbal and written scientific and administrative communication skills
To ApplyApplicants should submit a current curriculum vitae and contact information of three references to .

Review of applications will begin on 12/21/21. Position is open until filled. 

To inquire about this position, email Dr. Abraam Yakoub,

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 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

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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