Postdoctoral Research Associate

Employer
Washington State University
Location
Pullman, WA

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Position Type
Postdoc
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

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:

Summary of Duties:

The Naeger Lab in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to support a project aiming to improve honey bee health. The successful candidate will assist with laboratory and field research concerning the interactions between dietary chemicals, pathogens, and the bee immune system. Responsibilities include conducting nutritional and pharmacological studies on bees in laboratory incubators and in the field, conducting physiological and molecular biology studies into effects on the immune system, and performing laboratory techniques such as qPCR for pathogen analysis. They will mentor graduate and undergraduate students, prepare project reports and manuscripts for publication, and present research results at professional and industry meetings.

The position is located in Pullman, WA, however work at the Othello Honey Bee and Pollinator Research and Extension Center or remote apiary field sites is possible. The position is initially available for one year, with renewal dependent on need and/or if additional funding is secured. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree in Entomology, Molecular Biology, or a related field in the biological sciences.

  • Candidates who have not yet completed their PhD but have a scheduled defense date may be considered.

  • They should possess good organizational skills, good written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively across disciplines.

  • The candidate must possess a valid driver's license or have the ability to obtain one by the date of hire.

  • Candidates must be able to work with honey bees in the laboratory and in field conditions with outdoor weather and a chance of being stung.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ideal candidates will have experience performing molecular laboratory techniques and/or experience researching honey bees.

  • Skills in qPCR, microscopy, flow cytometry, RNAi, or other laboratory techniques useful for studies of pathogens and the immune system are beneficial.

  • They will be proficient in statistics and the scientific publication process.

Additional Information:

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. Full vaccination status 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 accommodation 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.

Area/College:

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)


Department Name:

Entomology


City, State, Zip:

Pullman WA, 99164


Department Link:

https://entomology.wsu.edu/


Monthly Salary:

$4395.30 | Commensurate upon qualifications and experience.


FTE:

100%

Position Type:

Temporary


Temporary End Date:

This is a temporary position expected to end on July 31, 2023. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.


Screening Begin Date:

This position has been posted as Open until Filled. The screening of applicants will begin May 18, 2022.


Background Check:

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


Application Instructions:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) Copy of their curriculum vitae and 2) cover letter. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets the required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for 2-3 professional references within the application.

Required Documents:

1) Curriculum Vitae

2) Cover Letter

3) Professional References

Please Note: References will be embedded in the application. Please also provide your references via an attached document.

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.

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 hrs@wsu.edu.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

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.

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

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

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.

Core Value

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.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

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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