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.
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.
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.
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 Carnegie 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 i...ts 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.