Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Details

Job location: JOHNSON HALL


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-23
Req: R-2648

Title:

306-NN - Postdoctoral Research Associate

Business Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Additional Titles:

Location:

WSU PULLMAN CAMPUS

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 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of appointment is October 18, 2021 or later vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at hrs@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521 if you have questions regarding this.

Summary of Duties:

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will use a multidisciplinary approach to integrate microbiology, molecular biology, genomics and microbiome research to characterize the microbiome of camelina, being developed as a bioenergy crop for the Pacific Northwest with support from the Department of Energy. The project will also look at the role of the microbiome in nitrogen use efficiency of camelina.The Paulitz lab also works with the microbiome of wheat, and how rotation crops such as canola, camelina, and pea affect the microbial communities in the subsequent wheat crop.The Paulitz lab does both applied field research and molecular biology research, focusing on soilborne pathogens, both fungi and nematodes. The successful candidate will have experience in culturing and maintaining bacterial isolates, extracting DNA, PCR (both conventional and quantitative), amplicon-based sequencing, and NGS data analysis. They will be competent in R programing, and the use of data analysis pipelines such as DADA2 or UPARSE to delineate amplicon sequence variants (ASV) and assign taxonomic identities using RDP, Greengenes and other databases.They will be able to analyze both alpha and beta diversity using NMDS, PERMANOVA and other standard ecological analyses, and differential abundance algorithms.The Postdoctoral Research Associate must be a competent writer, capable of writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications. They will collect, organize and analyze bacteriological, microbiome and NGS data, record data in laboratory notebooks, prepare scientific manuscripts, assist colleagues in the laboratory on other projects and in day-to-day maintenance of laboratory function. Basic understanding of the relevant literature is required. The incumbent must be capable of independent work but must also work well in a team environment.


Required Qualifications:

PhD, experience in molecular biology and microbiology, extracting DNA, electrophoresis, PCR, Sanger sequencing, publishing manuscripts, programing experience in R


Preferred Qualifications:

experience in next-generation sequencing, (Illumina MiSeq, Pac Bio, nanopore) and bioinformatic pipelines to analyze microbiome data

Additional Information:

Area/College: College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resources Sciences
Department Name: Department of Plant Pathology, USDA Unit
City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164
Department Link:https://plantpath.wsu.edu/
Monthly Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
FTE: 100%
Permanent/Temporary: Temporary
Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position expected to end a year after it has started. 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: November 1, 2021
Application Instructions: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter and 3) three letters of reference.

Please note, you will need to upload your cover letter and three letters of reference in the same area.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application
Required Documents: resume, cover letter , three letters of reference. Please upload your cover letter and three letters of reference in the same area.

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

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 veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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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 hrs@wsu.edu.

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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.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

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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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Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

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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WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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