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Scientific Assistant

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AP-Administrative Professional

University Title:

Scientific Assistant

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Scientific Assistant


College of Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences


Institute of Biological Chemistry

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Institute of Biological Chemistry

College of Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences

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Institute of Biological Chemistry

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Summary of Duties:

The scientific associate hired in this position will perform research primarily in the laboratory but also in the greenhouse and occasionally in the field related to plant cell wall synthesis and regulation, and vegetative development, including performing cell wall assays, gene cloning and molecular biology, plant transformation, plant genotyping, and plant gene expression analysis. The hire will: design research approaches and identify and define research problems; Collect, analyze and interpret research data; Ensure quality control, make improvement to techniques and interpretation; Assist in preparing journal publications and progress reports etc.; Manage and maintain daily laboratory records and operations; Conduct general laboratory maintenance and routine care of scientific instrumentation; order supplies, keep inventory records and maintain a safe working environment. The approximate breakdown among essential tasks is: 35% research and experiments, 25% data management and analysis, 25% laboratory operations and research support, 10% supervision and training of lab members, 5% other.

Additional Information:

View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

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Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.

Additional Requirements:

Strong communication and organizational skills.

Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver’s license by time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in relevant field.
Relevant laboratory experiences including working with annual plants, Agrobacterium-mediated plant transformation, molecular cloning, yeast 2- and 1-hybrid, heterologous protein expression, DNA and RNA preparation, PCR and qRT-PCR, high performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, enzyme immune assays, plant stress measurements, light microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, microscopy sample prep, statistical analysis, R and/or Python programming, and database development and maintenance.

Will this position require a background check?:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin September 08, 2020, and continue until the position has been filled.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Applicants are required to include contact information for at least three (3) professional references in the application

Failure to submit correct application materials/documents may result in an incomplete application.

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 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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