Postdoctoral Research Associate - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States


Detailed Job Description

Liberibacter asiaticus is an insect-transmitted bacterial parasite of plants and the causative agent of citrus greening disease, a condition currently devastated the US citrus industry. The incumbent will conduct basic research on L. asiaticus in the laboratory of Dr. A. Omsland within a larger, multi-investigator project aimed at developing countermeasures against citrus greening disease. Primary responsibilities include developing and executing research in bacteriology, bacterial physiology, and cell biology as required to fulfill research objectives for an ongoing funded project. Other responsibilities include analysis of data, maintenance of accurate research records, review of current literature, preparation of manuscripts, and presentation of research findings at meetings. The incumbent is expected to work productively with other laboratory personnel including research technicians, graduate students and undergraduate students; and must also have the ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse populations.

Required Qualifications

PhD in microbiology, biomedical sciences, or related field. Experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified in job description.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in general bacteriological and cell culture techniques, bacterial physiology, plant and insect biology, recombinant DNA techniques including PCR and DNA sequence analysis, protein purification, microscopy, scintillation counting and autoradiography.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

Dr. Omsland’s Research Profile

Dr. Omsland conducts research on bacterial obligate intracellular parasites including Coxiella burnetii, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Liberibacter asiaticus. C. burnetii is a zoonotic pathogen that causes human Q fever. C. trachomatis is a leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as trachoma, a potentially blinding ocular infection most commonly diagnosed in developing countries. L. asiaticus is an insect vector-transmitted plant pathogen and the causative agent of citrus greening disease. Over the past few years Dr. Omsland’s research has focused on understanding physiochemical and nutritional requirements of obligate intracellular parasites and development of host cell-free (axenic) culture techniques to facilitate their physiological analyses. Long-term research interests include nutritional regulation of pathogen virulence and developmental cycles (Coxiella and Chlamydia), and the metabolic basis of persistent infections.

Competitive benefits available

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

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

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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Employment Type:Post-Doc and Graduate Assistants
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Post - Doctorate
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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