Summary of Duties: The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU), a distinguished and innovative land grant university, seeks exceptional candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate focusing on Plant-Microbe Interactions. WSU has a rich history of basic and applied plant sciences and this will be the inaugural position in a program aimed at bridging multiple departments and disciplines. For 2017, the search is targeted for a joint position between the laboratory of Maren Friesen in the Departments of Plant Pathology and Crop & Soil Sciences and the laboratory of John Peters within the Institute of Biological Chemistry (IBC). The successful candidate will propose an innovative research project tackling core problems in plant-microbe interactions, leveraging and integrating mutual interests between the two host laboratories in the area of biological nitrogen fixation. WSU has excellent facilities for plant growth, phenomics, genomics, biochemistry, and microscopy and is part of a strong intellectual community in the Palouse alongside our neighbor the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, 7 miles to the east. Pullman and Moscow are vibrant small towns with a strong sense of community and ready access to outdoor activities.
Responsibilities will include: conduct rigorous, original science publish high quality, peer-reviewed research coordinate a seminar series that will broadly integrate the WSU community lead a symposium or retreat on a cutting-edge topic selected by the fellow
Required Qualifications: Required: PhD at time of hire in a relevant discipline (including but not limited to evolution, ecology, plant biology, microbiology, modeling, genomics, physiology, biochemistry, computer science); demonstrated track record of creative, productive research; and ability to work in a dynamic, collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carne...gie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.