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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Working Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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College of Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Hiring Unit:

Plant Pathology

Department Link:

Department of Plant Pathology

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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 post-doctoral researcher to study plant parasitic nematodes. This position is in the Department of Plant Pathology. The position will involve studying races of the Columbia root-knot nematode and plant immune responses to nematode infections at the molecular level. Position responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to the following: 1) Assist in planning and designing nematode bioassays in potatoes, tomatoes and Arabidopsis; 2) Conduct greenhouse and laboratory research on plants infected with root-knot nematodes under different plant growing conditions; 4) Evaluate gene expression analyses and confidently perform other molecular assays with nematodes and plants; 5) Tabulate, collate, summarize, and analyze data and maintain records; and 6) Prepare verbal and written reports of results to supervisor for review and use.

Additional Information:

View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

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Full Time

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Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Required Qualifications:

A PhD in plant pathology, plant science, or a related discipline

experience in molecular laboratory research in plants

a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

proven ability to work independently and to work in teams

a demonstrated ability to function with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

A working knowledge of computer programs, including R or related programs for transcriptome analyses.

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Type of Recruitment:

Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin September 1, 2020 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: (1) a current CV with contact information (2) a cover letter explaining your interest in this opportunity, the specific skills and knowledge you would contribute, and what your career goals are.

Within the online application, please include contact information for three (3) references.

For additional information about the position, contact Dr. Cynthia Gleason, [email protected] or 509-335-3742.

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 2/8/2021
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