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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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College of Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences

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Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

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Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

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Summary of Duties:

This position will carry-out research aimed to develop solutions to major diseases of pome fruit in the Pacific Northwest. The Research Associate is expected to work independently to manage duties and tasks outlined in the project. These include, but not limited to, designing, developing and implementing field and lab protocols to study the diseases and evaluate the efficacy of methods used to control them or develop novel approaches. Duties will include field trials, data collection, data analyses and summary of results. The incumbent will attend professional and stakeholder meetings to present their findings and will summarize them for publication in peer reviewed scientific and extension journals. The incumbent is expected to play a major role in training undergraduate and graduate students in the lab.

Additional Information:

Washington State University (WSU) is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to develop solutions to major pathogens of pome fruit grown organically in the Pacific Northwest.

The successful candidate will be working at WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC, Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center ) in Wenatchee, Washington located in the heart of one of the largest pome fruit production regions in the world and only two hours east of the beautiful city of Seattle.

The successful candidate will conduct research aimed to develop effective organic methods to control apple diseases pre and postharvest, i.e. assessing adequacy of current approaches and developing novel and more efficient strategies. Research will include biologicals, GRAS and biopesticides in combination with different types of storage atmospheres.

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Full Time

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Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience.

Required Qualifications:

PhD. in Plant Pathology, Molecular biology/ecology, Mycology, or related scientific fields obtained within 5 years of the start date.
Strong demonstrated background in microbiomes and demonstrated technical experience with fungi.
Demonstrate full attention to details, excellent record keeping and ability to conduct statistical analyses.
Must be exceptionally self-motivated, have excellent organizational, interpersonal and both oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Expertise in microbiome analyses will be viewed positively.

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Type of Recruitment:

Open Recruitment

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Open Until Filled (overrides close field) :


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin November 10, 2019, and continue until the position has been filled

To apply, please email the following documentation directly to Dr. Achour Amiri ([email protected]).:
(i) a cover letter detailing your research experiences, interests and career goals, (ii) a resume, (iii) contact information for at least three professional references.

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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