Weed science Society of America Logo


Weed Scientist – Invasive and Noxious Weeds/ Assistant Professor

Description of Duties

NDSU Department of Plant Sciences invites applications for this 12-month, tenure track position at the academic level of Assistant Professor. The rapid expansion of invasive and noxious weeds poses threats to natural area management and agriculture in North Dakota. This position will require focus and rapid reaction to provide timely research and management recommendations relevant to rangeland, pastures, cropland, and rights-of-way areas. The person filling this position will establish collaborative working relationships within NDSU and across the statewide agronomist network, as well as with state agencies and private industries. Cooperation with local land managers will be important to plan and conduct research aimed at limiting the spread of early invaders and unique weedy targets. Potential areas of research include weed biology, invasive species ecology and management, herbicide resistance screening, biological control, or site-specific herbicide application technology. The position is a 90% research appointment with a 10% teaching responsibility. The successful candidate will be expected to: (i) Establish and lead an integrated and collaborative research program focused on management of invasive and noxious weeds; (ii) Solicit project funding from state and industry clientele and acquire competitive extramural funding from state, regional, and national agencies; (iii) Disseminate information by preparing field research tours for clientele, publishing results in research reports and peer-reviewed journals, and presenting information at scientific conferences and to grower/commodity groups; (iv) Work collaboratively and collegially with other scientists, Extension professionals, agronomists, producers, county weed boards, and stakeholders to identify needs and meet desired outcomes; (v) Provide stakeholders information about noxious weed legislation and serve as a liaison to county weed entities and NDSU Extension; (vi) Teach one agronomy-related course per year; (vii) Participate in undergraduate advising and supervise graduate students’ academic and research programs; and (viii) Serve on committees at the Department, College, and University levels and participate in appropriate professional society activities.
Minimum Qualifications¦ Ph.D. in weed science at time of appointment or Ph.D. in related area with experience in weed science¦ Familiarity with integrated weed management practices, including herbicide use¦ Knowledge about weed biology, ecology, and weed identification¦ Demonstrated ability to generate and disseminate research results¦ Effective written and oral communication skills¦ Collegial nature to interact effectively with diverse audiences and clientele¦ North Dakota Commercial Applicator License or ability to obtain¦ A valid U.S. driver’s license or equivalentPreferred Qualifications¦ Experience with invasive or noxious weed management¦ Farm background or other relevant land management activities¦ Demonstrated ability to provide recommendations for land managers, farmers, and crop advisors¦ Experience supervising personnel¦ Experience teaching diverse audiences in either an academic or Extension setting¦ Demonstrated success obtaining funding from extramural sources

Type of position

Full-time, 12 month, Tenure Track


The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the person hired.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which 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. NDSU is an Infant-Friendly workplace as designated by ND Health and Human Services.


P.O. Box 6050, Dept. 7670 1360 Albrecht Blvd, Fargo, ND 58108,

Closing Date


Date Position Available

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment. NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country. NDSU is an ADVANCE institution and Carnegie High Research Activity Institution. NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.