Postdoctoral Research Associate

Washington State University
Pullman, WA
Closing date
Jun 26, 2022

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306-YN - Postdoctoral Research Associate*Business Title:*
Postdoctoral Research Associate*Additional Titles:*
Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)*Job Family:*
Faculty - Academic - OT Eligible*Position Details:*
*Summary of Duties:* This position is in the Department of Plant Pathology. The position will involve studying races of the Columbia root-knot nematode and plant immune responses to nematode infections at the molecular level, with a focus on novel M. chitwoodi effectors. Position responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to the following: 1) Assist in planning and performing nematode bioassays in potatoes, tomatoes and Arabidopsis; 2) Conduct greenhouse and laboratory research on plants infected with root-knot nematodes under different plant growing conditions; 4) Evaluate gene expression analyses and confidently perform other molecular assays with nematodes and plants; 5) Tabulate, collate, summarize, and analyze data and maintain records; and 6) Prepare verbal and written reports of results to supervisor for review and use.
*Required Qualifications*:

* A PhD in plant pathology, plant science, or a related discipline.
* prior experience in molecular laboratory research in plants or nematodes
* a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
* proven ability to work independently and to work in teams
* a demonstrated ability to function with minimal supervision

*Preferred Qualifications: *

* A working knowledge of computer programs, including R or related programs for transcriptome and genome analyses.
*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 Please contact HRS at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.

*Area/College: *College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
*Department Name: *Department of Plant Pathology
*City, State, Zip:* Pullman, WA 99164-6430
*Department Link:* [](
*Monthly Salary: *Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
*FTE: *100%
*Tenure Track: *No
*Permanent/Temporary:* Temporary
*Temporary End Date: *This is a temporary position expected to end on 06/30/2023. 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 of Applications: *July 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
*Applicant Instructions*: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) a current CV with contact information and 2) a cover letter explaining your interest in this opportunity, the specific skills and knowledge you would contribute, and what your career goals are.
Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.
Applicants are required to include contact information for 3 professional references within the application
*Required Documents*: CV/Resume and cover letter
For additional information about the position, contact Cynthia Gleason, []( or 509-335-3742.
*Time Type:*
Full time*Position Term:*
12 MonthWASHINGTON 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 [](

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