Washington State University - Institute of
Biological Chemistry Assistant
Professor or Associate Professor in Plant
Applications are invited for a full-time, 9 month, tenure-track, (100% Agricultural Research Center) position to begin August 16, 2013 or as negotiated at the Pullman, WA campus. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent, as well as at least one year postdoctoral experience by start date.
Washington State University's Agricultural Research Center (ARC) has launched a strategic initiative to enhance its plant science research capacity and especially to increase the speed of breeding valuable traits into agriculturally important crops for Washington State in order to respond to anticipated new markets, diseases, pests, and environmental changes. The successful candidate for this position will be expected to rapidly develop a highly competitive research program and contribute substantially to the missions of the ARC, the Institute of Biological Chemistry, and College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. Candidates should demonstrate quality and quantity of research accomplished in a fundamental area of modern plant science; and employ as needed innovative approaches in plant biochemistry/biophysics, structural biology, systems biology, and phenomics/phenotyping in key strategic areas of plant metabolism, growth and development, a coherent research plan that incorporates these approaches, and excellent oral and written communication skills. A major objective of their work should be to speed development of improved crop varieties. The candidate will also be expected to teach graduate students in the area of modern plant biology/plant biochemistry.
The successful candidate will develop a world-class program that will benefit from the unique facilities and resources available in the Institute. Examples of relevant areas include: a) strong background in plant growth/development and adaptation to the environment, including the fledgling field of phenomics, b) developing strategies to significantly redirect carbon allocation from photosynthesis into specific classes of metabolites in plants, and c) identifying and providing novel sources of sustainable, ecologically neutral, plant-derived substances suitable for biofuels and biomaterials.
At Associate-level there must be demonstrated mentoring skills; demonstration of ability to establish an independent research program and an emerging national and international reputation. The Institute (http://cahnrs-cms.wsu.edu/ibc/Pages/default.aspx) provides a supportive research environment with more than 120 scientists, excellent equipment and facilities, and ready access to specialized techniques in biochemistry, cell biology, phenomics, proteomics, metabolomics and genomics. For more details and to apply, see www.wsujobs.com, (Search #111600). Candidates should be prepared to submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, a statement of research interests, a description of future research plans and the names and contact information for four professional references. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2012.
Deadline:October 15, 2012