Postdoc Research Associate
Washington State University
Washington, US
1d ago

Summary of Duties

  • Development, organization and implementation of protocols to evaluate the processes and outcomes of plant-microbe interactions including use of stable isotopes;
  • establishment and maintenance of laboratory and greenhouse experiments including analysis of transcriptomes and microbiomes using a suite of high-throughput technologies;
  • isolation and maintenance of beneficial microbial strains, including genomic characterization; mathematical modeling of beneficial interactions and model parameterization using empirical data;
  • development of experimental designs; summarization, and statistical analysis of data; manuscript preparation and the opportunity to write grant proposals in conjunction with the principal investigator;
  • contribute to an inclusive, collaborative and inspiring lab environment.

    Additional Information

    The lab of Maren Friesen (Washington State University, Pullman) is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to study interactions between the bioenergy crop switchgrass and the rhizosphere microbiome, particularly nitrogen-fixing bacteria, using approaches that span the lab, greenhouse, and field and includes -omics and SIP approaches.

    This project is a DOE-funded collaboration with the labs of Lisa Tiemann, Sarah Evans, and Jim Cole at Michigan State University and we currently have three years of field data collections and novel diazotrophic bacterial strains that can be leveraged by the candidate.

    The ideal candidate would have a strong quantitative background, firm understanding of plant-microbe interactions, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to work well in a collaborative team.

    Training in at least one of genomics, bioinformatics, biogeochemistry, and / or biostatistics is desirable. The position will be based in Pullman WA and the successful applicant will have access to the excellent facilities at WSU for plant growth, phenomics, genomics, biochemistry, and microscopy.

    There is a strong intellectual community in the Palouse spanning WSU and our neighbor 7 miles to the east, the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.

    Pullman and Moscow are vibrant small towns with a strong sense of community and ready access to outdoor activities. The postdoc will participate in regular virtual meetings with collaborators in Michigan and travel to the all-hands meetings twice a year.

    View the for information regarding competitive benefits available.

    Anticipated Start Date Tenure Track No Full-Time / Part-Time Full Time Appointment Status Temporary Position Term in Months 12 Monthly Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience. Required Qualifications

    A Ph.D. degree in evolution, ecology, plant biology, microbiology, soil biogeochemistry, genomics, or a related discipline at the time of hire.

    Must have a demonstrated track record of creative, productive research as well as excellent skills in quantitative methods, written and verbal communication, and organization.

    Must demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Background in some aspect of microbial ecology, plant-microbe interactions, biogeochemistry, and / or genomics.

    Background Check Yes Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment Posting Open Date 05 / 13 / 2020 Screening Begin Date 06 / 01 / 2020 Posting Close Date Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

    Screening of applicants will begin June 1, 2020, and will continue until the position has been filled

    Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application : 1) Curriculum Vitae and 2) a cover letter.

    Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

    The letters of recommendation that are required will be automatically requested and obtained from the reference provider through the WSU online application system.

    Failure to submit correct application materials / documents may result in an incomplete application.

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