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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Working Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Hiring Unit:

Biomedical Sciences

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Department of Biomedical Sciences

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Summary of Duties:

The Postdoctoral Research Associate is expected to plan and conduct experiments to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in neuroimmunology, aging or neurodegenerative diseases. They are responsible for data collection, analysis, report, and manuscript preparation for publications.

Additional Information:

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Effectively plan and conduct experiments and related research directed toward ultimate publication; prepare articles for publication.

Collect, record, verify scientific data; compile information in support of research; apply knowledge and skills applicable to an assigned technical discipline.

Report research progress and findings to the principle investigator; present and disseminate research progress and findings in lab meetings, national or international conferences.

Record and maintain experimental details, including but not limit to experimental plans, designs, progresses, results, and findings in lab notes.

Make and maintain animal stocks, bacterial stocks, plasmid stocks, and all other necessary stocks.

Ensure lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures and assists with general lab maintenance and cleaning.

May direct the work of laboratory technicians, students and others. May demonstrate and explain various laboratory techniques to laboratory personnel, students and others.

Performs related duties as required.
Competitive benefits available hrs.wsu.edu/benefits
The University
Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens — locally, nationally, and globally. As a comprehensive leading land-grant institution, WSU is committed to excellence in each of its research, teaching and outreach missions. With a focus on innovation, excellence, and accountability, continual enhancement of the quality, scope, and impact of research and educational endeavors are at the core of WSU’s strategic priorities.

The WSU campus in Spokane is located in the center of a developing University District downtown and enjoys a premier location along the Spokane River. WSU Spokane is the University’s designated health sciences campus and home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The University offers graduate and professional degrees as well as some undergraduate completion degrees in many health sciences fields. Advanced degrees in criminal justice and K-12 education round out the offerings. The campus also hosts health sciences programs from Eastern Washington University.

WSU is one of only 115 public and private institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a “very high research activity” university. In addition to the Spokane campus, WSU has campuses in Pullman, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver, with a developing campus in Everett; four research and extension centers within the state and extension offices in every county; and a Global Campus with online degree programs accessible worldwide. The University’s annual operating budget expenditures are nearly $1 billion.

The College
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is Washington’s premier community-based medical school. It is named after the university’s late president, Elson S. Floyd. Dr. Floyd believed that Washington State University, as the state’s land-grant institution, should train doctors to serve all of Washington.

The mission of the School is to: Develop practical solutions to challenging problems in disease prevention, health care access and delivery; Train primary care physicians who will work in Washington and help alleviate a shortage of doctors, especially in rural and under-served areas; and Develop a strong research component, with faculty members who work on innovative projects, sharing what they know with students in classroom and research settings.

The City
Spokane is a major healthcare hub and the largest along the northern corridor of the United States between Minneapolis and Seattle. It offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.

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Full Time

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Monthly Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

Ph. D degree in molecular biology, genetics, immunology, neurobiology, or similar.

Preferred Qualifications:

Extensive prior research experience with C. elegans.

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Type of Recruitment:

Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

This post may be used to fill multiple Postdoctoral Research Associate positions. Screening of applicants will begin February 7, 2020 and will continue until positions have been filled.

At the time of application, please be prepared to submit the following documents: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter that addresses qualifications and experience, and 3) contact information for three (3) professional references.

After initial review and assessment of application materials (CV, cover letter), letters of recommendation will be requested from the references of those applicants the search committee has selected to move forward in the hiring process.

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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