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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 Veterinary Medicine

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Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

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Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

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Summary of Duties:

The Postdoctoral Research Associate is to collate, manage, process (contig assembly) and analyze large-scale datasets including whole-genome sequences, metagenomic sequences and 16S rDNA microbiome sequences. Analyses include phylogenetic studies (including phylogeography), chromosomal and plasmid sequence annotation, genotyping (e.g., antimicrobial-resistance genes) and linking sequence findings with project metadata using relational databases. Workflows will involve a high-performance computing environment, R, Stata and related packages and programming/scripting languages. Contribute to project management, preparation of first and co-authored manuscripts and assist with proposal preparation. Provide some assistance to staff and students with basic bioinformatic analyses and training. Some supervision opportunities may arise.

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University Overview
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.
The City
Pullman is one of the biggest little cities you’ll ever visit. Full of cosmopolitan amenities and down-home charm, this eastern Washington gem nestled in the Palouse, is also home to the flagship campus for Washington State University. The city has repeatedly been recognized as one of Washington’s safest cities, one of America’s safest college towns, and one of the best college-town neighborhoods for adults. Whether you’re looking to go to school or relocating to the area, Pullman offers a diverse community committed to inclusion, sustainability, and a high quality of life. Pullman is a dynamic hub for higher education, research, and culture. Pullman is part of the Knowledge Corridor that connects WSU to the University of Idaho in Moscow eight miles to the east and Spokane, Washington’s second-largest city, 75 miles to the north. Just a short drive away excellent outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant as well including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating.
Benefits Package
Competitive benefits available, more details at hrs.wsu.edu/benefits.

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Full Time

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Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in biological sciences or data sciences with experience working with bacterial genome sequences (whole-genome, metagenome and/or microbiome studies). This individual must have formal training in bioinformatics and a demonstrated publication track record. Strong writing, communication and analytic skills and a demonstrated ability and willingness to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and culturally diverse environment is requisite.

Preferred Qualifications:

A preference will be given to the candidate with experience combining short-read and long-read sequencing for plasmid assembly, and experience with RNA transcriptomics, geographic information systems, multivariate statistics (e.g., mixed-effects logistic regression and structured equation models), and molecular biology experiments (e.g., cloning, gene knockout in bacteria, qPCR, operation of NGS systems).

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Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

As part of the application process, applicants will be required to submit an electronic application including the following: cover letter, resume, research statement and reference contact information.

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: 11/12/2020
Application Due: 12/13/2020
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