Postdoctoral Research Associate

Aug 29, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Employee Type: Faculty

Position Number: 111640

Work Location: Pullman

Summary of Duties:
Washington State University, Department of Plant Pathology, Pullman, WA - The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University seeks a postdoctoral research associate to study the genomics, molecular biology, ecology, and evolution of plant-diazotroph interactions in a suite of wild and agronomic systems. The position would provide the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary team conducting experimental work, field observations, genomic analyses, and mathematical modeling on multiple ongoing projects in legume-rhizobia and/or grass-associative nitrogen fixer interactions. Position responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to, the following: development, organization and implementation of protocols to evaluate the processes and outcomes of plant-microbe interactions; establishment and maintenance of laboratory and greenhouse experiments including analysis of transcriptomes and microbiomes using a suite of high-throughput technologies; isolation and maintenance of beneficial microbial strains, including genomic characterization; mathematical modeling of beneficial interactions and model parameterization using empirical data; training and supervision of temporary employees; development of experimental designs; collection, summarization, and statistical analysis of data; manuscript preparation and the opportunity to write grant proposals in conjunction with the principal investigator; contribute to an inclusive, collaborative and inspiring lab environment.

Required Qualifications:
Required: A Ph.D. degree in evolution, ecology, plant biology, microbiology, modeling, genomics, or a related discipline along with hands-on experience in one of these areas at the time of hire. Applicants must have a demonstrated track record of creative, productive research as well as excellent skills in quantitative methods, written and verbal communication, and organization. Applicants must also demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment, including mentoring developing scientists.

Posting Open Date: 08/29/2017

Posting Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

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Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.


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