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Research Associate, biotic and abiotic interactions in the development and population structure of Penicillium spp. and other emerging diseases, Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Wenatchee, WA

Jun 1

Written by: SuperUser Account
6/1/2018 2:49 PM 

Washington State University (WSU) is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to develop solutions to major and emerging and quarantined pathogens of pome fruit in the Pacific Northwest. The successful candidate will be working at WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, Washington located in the heart of one of the largest pome fruit production regions in the world and only two hours east of beautiful city of Seattle. The successful candidate will conduct research aimed to better understand the role of biotic and abiotic interactions in the development and population structure of Penicillium spp. and other emerging diseases, investigate the role and expression of target genes under variable environmental conditions (temperatures and exposition to toxins) on decay and fungicide resistance development. Skills required to perform well in this position includes knowledge in mycology, molecular biology mechanisms and techniques, phylogenetic, regular and qPCR, sequencing and sequence analysis. In addition to conducting research, the incumbent is expected to work closely with different key industry stakeholders, and be involved in training undergraduate and graduate students, keeping records related to research projects, synthesizing data, presenting results at local and national conferences and preparing scientific manuscripts for publications.

Required qualifications: PhD. in Plant Pathology, Mycology, Molecular biology/ecology, or related scientific fields obtained within 8 years of the start date. Strong demonstrated background in molecular techniques and demonstrated technical experience with fungi. The successful candidate must demonstrate full attention to details, excellent record keeping and ability to conduct statistical analyses. The applicant must be exceptionally self-motivated, have excellent organizational, interpersonal and both oral and written communication skills. Preferred qualifications: Expertise in microbiome analyses and population genetics are not required but will be viewed positively.

To apply, please email (i) a cover letter detailing your research experiences, interests and career goals, (ii) a resume, and (iii) contact information of three references to Dr. Achour Amiri. The position is open until filled but applications received before June 30 will receive first consideration. WSU is an EEO/AA educator and employer.

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