Postdoctoral Research Associate
Washington State University

Postdoctoral Research Associate Spokane, WA

Full Time Spokane, WA 50000 - 60000 USD ANNUAL Today
Job description

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Available Title(s):
306-YN_FACULTY - Postdoctoral Research Associate

Business Title:
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Employee Type:
Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

Position Term:
12 Month

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The Postdoctoral Research Associate plays a vital role in advancing the mission and vision of the university by conducting scientific research in the laboratory of Dr. Jiyue Zhu in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We are currently seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to join our research team in studying the mechanisms of human aging, melanoma development, and age-related degenerative diseases. Successful candidates should have a strong background in biology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics, as well as experience working with laboratory mouse models or a willingness to learn.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for designing and conducting experiments to investigate the genetic and molecular basis of human aging and age-related diseases, including cancer. These projects will involve the use of our unique and state-of-the-art mouse model with humanized telomeres, which accurately recapitulates the human telomere length homeostasis system. The fellow will work collaboratively with other members of the research team and have the opportunity to develop and lead independent research projects.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions.

Essential Duties:

Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Design and carry out experiments alongside PI, laboratory personnel, and other collaborators.
  • Analyze and interpret experimental data to determine research outcomes.
  • Write and edit manuscripts for publication.
  • Prepare applications for research grants.
  • Train other lab members on appropriate rules, regulations, and protocols.

Required Qualifications:
  • Recent Ph.D. degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, animal sciences, or a related field.

Additional Qualifications:
  • Significant biomedical research experience as demonstrated by first-author publication(s) in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge and experiences in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, pathophysiology, and/or genomics/epigenomics.
  • Required technical skills include cell culture, Western blotting, immunohistochemistry, immunoprecipitation, quantitative RT-PCR, and animal models.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, work independently, and have strong scientific English language skills.
  • Experience in working with experimental mice.

Additional Information:

Area/College: College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department Name: Pharmaceutical Sciences
City, State, Zip: Spokane, WA 99202
Department Link:

Annual Salary: $50,000.00 - $60,000.00; commensurate with qualifications and experience.

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate's current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for Faculty visit: . Find total compensation information here:

Overtime Eligibility: This position is overtime eligible.
FTE: 100%

Tenure-Track: No
Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position expected to end one year after the start date. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.

Screening Begin Date: This position will remain open until filled, and the first review of applications is on June 15, 2023. To ensure consideration, please submit an application on or before June 15, 2023.

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must upload the following documents to their online application:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation OR contact information for search committee to obtain recommendation letters.

External candidates, please upload all documents in the "Resume/CV" section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the "Resume/Cover Letter" section of your application.

Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files. Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected].

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Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.


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