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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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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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Institute for Biological Chemistry

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The Bartley Lab in the Washington State University Institute for Biological Chemistry (https://ibc.wsu.edu/laura-bartley/) seeks a postdoctoral researcher to take the lead in understanding the genetic and environmental influences on switchgrass biomass/cell wall composition in an exciting interdisciplinary Department of Energy-supported project aiming to optimize switchgrass production for a sustainable bio-economy. The position will 1) contribute to gathering and analyzing large-scale genetics and genomics datasets to develop hypotheses 2) using molecular genetics to examine candidate genes in switchgrass and their influence on cell wall properties and 3) have the opportunity to interface with a national team to understand cell wall determinants of plant physiology and ecology.
The position is initially available for one year, with additional appointment periods dependent on satisfactory progress. In addition to a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, the successful candidate will be encouraged to take part in the vibrant plant science and postdoc scholar communities at Washington State University. Furthermore, the region is well-known as a prime location for outdoor recreation.

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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:

Ph.D. in a biological science or related field, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organizational and leadership skills with an ability to work in teams and mentor students.

Preferred Qualifications:

Skillsets that will be utilized and developed include molecular genetics, cell wall analysis, plant physiology, microscopy, and data analytics.

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Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applicants will begin on November 9, 2020. This recruitment is scheduled to close on December 12, 2020. However, it will remain open until 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, and (3) contact information for three 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: 12/12/2020
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