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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

At the time of application, please be prepared to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. The screening of applications will begin on February 12, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Position Details

Position Information

Employee Type Faculty
Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Number 114296
College/Area Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Hiring Unit Weihang Chai Lab
Department Link

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Work Location Spokane
Zip Code 99210
Summary of Duties

Under the supervisor Associate Professor, Dr. Weihang Chai, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will participate in the development and design of research projects, protocols and experiments in cancer/aging research on maintenance of genome stability using cell, molecular and animal model approaches. Modify and adapt experimental protocols, techniques and procedures to specific project requirements. Design, coordinate and conduct experimental procedures in the study of protein-protein interaction, protein-DNA interaction, non-coding RNA, protein modification, telomere analysis, genome stability analysis in various human cells. Construct transgenic mice and perform tumor formation analysis in vivo. Independently perform research activities and data analysis. Work with the Principal Investigator to prepare research results and written summaries of results in manuscript form for publications and in graphics form for presentation at research meetings and for grant proposals. Maintain and ensure compliance with regulatory protocols and records related to biosafety and radiation material safety.

Competitive benefits available!

Additional Information

The University
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. As a comprehensive leading land-grant institution, WSU is committed to excellence in each of its research, teaching and outreach missions. With a focus on innovation, excellence, and accountability, continual enhancement of the quality, scope, and impact of research and educational endeavors are at the core of WSU’s strategic priorities.

The WSU campus in Spokane is located in the center of a developing University District downtown and enjoys a premier location along the Spokane River. WSU Spokane is the University’s designated health sciences campus and home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The University offers graduate and professional degrees as well as some undergraduate completion degrees in many health sciences fields. Advanced degrees in criminal justice and K-12 education round out the offerings. The campus also hosts health sciences programs from Eastern Washington University.

WSU is one of only 115 public and private institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a “very high research activity” university. In addition to the Spokane campus, WSU has campuses in Pullman, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver, with a developing campus in Everett; four research and extension centers within the state and extension offices in every county; and a Global Campus with online degree programs accessible worldwide. The University’s annual operating budget expenditures are nearly $1 billion.

The College
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is Washington’s premier community-based medical school. It is named after the university’s late president, Elson S. Floyd. Dr. Floyd believed that Washington State University, as the state’s land-grant institution, should train doctors to serve all of Washington.

The mission of the School is to: Develop practical solutions to challenging problems in disease prevention, health care access and delivery; Train primary care physicians who will work in Washington and help alleviate a shortage of doctors, especially in rural and under-served areas; and Develop a strong research component, with faculty members who work on innovative projects, sharing what they know with students in classroom and research settings.

The City
Spokane is a major healthcare hub and the largest along the northern corridor of the United States between Minneapolis and Seattle. It offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.

Anticipated Start Date
Tenure Track No
Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time
Appointment Status Temporary
Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Required Qualifications

A PhD degree in molecular biology, cell biology, cancer biology, or related biological disciplines.

Ability to perform basic statistical data analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

Strong research experience in molecular biology, including qPCR, RT-PCR, western blotting, southern blotting, molecular cloning, expressing and purifying recombinant proteins, co-IP, ChIP, RNAi, CRISPR/Cas9 technology, etc.

Experience with cell biology including tissue culture and working with fluorescence microscopes.

Experience with mice breeding and analyzing tumor formation in vivo.

Experience in basic mechanistic study related to DNA damage/repair.

Background Check Yes

Posting Detail Information

Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment
Posting Open Date 01/29/2018
Screening Begin Date 02/12/2018
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

At the time of application, please be prepared to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

The screening of applications will begin on February 12, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate has been identified.

EEO Statement

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Info
Optional Documents