Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Details

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-10-21
Req: R-1751

Title:

306-NN - Postdoctoral Research Associate

Business Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Additional Titles:

Location:

Employee Type:

Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:


COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.2, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious information is available at https://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/vax-verification/. Please contact HRS at hrs@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.

Summary of Duties:

The Postdoctoral Research Associate is to design research activities to develop molecular assays to detect and quantify emerging pathogens of pome fruit in the U.S. Pacific Northwest to improve disease management decision making, left phytosanitary barriers, and increase competitiveness of a multi-billion industry in the Pacific Northwest. The ideal applicant is knowledgeable in both in molecular biology and mycology, and is skilled in molecular techniques, including DNA and RNA-based technology. The project aim is to develop lab and field portable assays to ease detection, facilitate a better understanding of the epidemiology of major emerging fungal pathogen, and improve the use of IPM-based approaches to abate infections pre and postharvest. This person will work closely with industry stakeholders, i.e., growers, packers, exporters, and phytosanitary agencies to provide outreach and education material for the implementation of the developed assays. In addition to conducting research, the incumbent is expected to serve a role in training undergraduate and graduate students, keep records related to research projects, synthesize data, present results at local and national conferences, and prepare and publish scientific manuscripts. The individual must be self-motivated, work under minimal supervision, and work with a wide range of backgrounds. Some in-state and regional travel will be expected.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

85% (E) Research and Informal instruction

Lead research activities pertaining to the development of molecular assays to detect and quantify emerging pathogens of pome fruit in the U.S. Pacific Northwest to improve disease management decision making, left phytosanitary barriers, and increase competitiveness of a multi-billion industry in the Pacific Northwest. Responsibilities include, but not limited to 1) design and conduct lab and field experiments and related research, 2) collect, organize, and analyze data 3) summarize data for publication in peer-reviewed and extension journals, 4) present findings at commodity and professional meetings, 5) keep lab, office, and storage room spaces clean, tidy and safe for others to use.

5% (E) Supervise

Supervise undergraduate and graduate students as well as hourly employees in conducting research projects in a manner that enhances their academic development.

10% (E) Extension

Conduct technology transfer of research findings to multiple stakeholders through outreach non-technical talks and extension publications. Participate in college and university committees; evaluate research proposals and grants.

Tenure Track: No

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualification and experience.
FTE: 100%

Position Term in months: 12


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD. in Plant Pathology, Mycology, Molecular biology, or related scientific fields obtained within 5 years of the start date.

  • Strong demonstrated background in molecular techniques and demonstrated technical experience with fungi.

  • The successful candidate should demonstrate full attention to detail, excellent record keeping and ability to conduct statistical analyses.

  • The applicant must be exceptionally self-motivated, have excellent organizational, interpersonal and both oral and written communication skills.

  • The individual must have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license at the time of hire.


Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience or expertise in LAMP and/or related molecular methods is highly desired but not required and training will be provided upon hire.

Additional Information:

Area/College: College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
Department Name: Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center
City, State, Zip: Wenatchee WA, 98801
Department Link: http://tfrec.cahnrs.wsu.edu/
Permanent/Temporary: Temporary
Temporary End Date: Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position expected to end on December 31, 2022. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Screening Begin Date: This position has been reposted. Screening of applications will begin November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position has been filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application. For questions regarding the details of the position email a.amiri@wsu.edu.
Required Documents:
1) Resume
2) Cover letter

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

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WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

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WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

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WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

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Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

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