Postdoctoral Research Associate

Washington State University, Pullman
Commensurate with experience following the NIH FLSA guidelines and includes medical benefits.
September 15 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Washington State University

Independent Postdoctoral Fellowship in Plant-Microbe Interactions

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: 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. Preferred: Background in some aspect of plant and/or microbial genomics, evolution, ecology, physiology, and/or biochemistry. Availability: The position start date is flexible and is a temporary, 12 month, full-time position. Initial appointment is for one year and may be renewed dependent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding. Salary is commensurate with experience following the NIH FLSA guidelines and includes medical benefits.

Screening of application materials will begin October 31st, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. To apply visit: (Posting # 20152290F) and be prepared to submit the following materials 1) a current CV with contact information for three references; (2) a cover letter explaining your interest in this opportunity; (3) a 2-page research precis that describes your past research and how your proposed independent research builds upon your previous work, relates to and integrates research between the sponsoring labs, and will position you for your future career; and (4) a 1-page description of your vision for a seminar series and workshop/symposium. (Submit under “other” document). For more information about the position contact Maren Friesen at and/or John Peters at All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  For additional information on Washington State University, CAHNRS, the IBC, Plant Pathology, and Crop & Soil Sciences please visit,,,, and EEO/AA/ADA.