Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 098579
Work Location: Pullman
Summary of Duties: We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on evolutionary genomics and transcriptomics of Tasmanian devils and Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease, a transmissible cancer. This NIH/NSF-funded international collaboration builds on over 20 years of research tracking the spread of this unique infectious tumor across Tasmania and consequent endangerment of the iconic Tasmanian devil. Reference genomes are available for both tumor and devil, and population genomic data have already been collected for >3500 Tasmanian devil individuals. The successful applicant will have an unprecedented opportunity to analyze thousands of devil genotypes and hundreds of tumor samples taken both before and after epizootics to test for selection throughout both genomes, coevolution, patterns of resistance, and phenotypic evolution of Tasmanian devils aided by pedigree reconstruction across Tasmania. The position is centered in the lab of Dr. Andrew Storfer (www.wsu.edu/~storfer) at Washington State University, in collaboration with Dr. Paul Hohenlohe at the nearby University of Idaho (8 miles away). Both universities have genomics core facilities, including the Institute of Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST), the WSU Genomics Core Facility, and the WSU Kamiak High Performance Computing cluster with state-of-of-the art equipment, computational facilities and staff support.
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Biology or a related discipline, combined with genomics and bioinformatics experience.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, 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. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.