Available Title(s): 306-NN_FACULTY - Postdoctoral Research Associate
Business Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Employee Type: Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
Summary of Duties:
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and Department of Translational Medicine & Physiology at Washington State University (WSU) are accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow to perform research related to circadian clock, cancer, and aging using cellular and animal models. The ideal candidates should be able to perform high-quality, cutting-edge, and independent research. Candidates are expected to lead his/her projects and be adept at working closely with the principal investigator. Current projects in Yool Lee lab include: (1) Understanding the biological mechanisms of circadian physiology and behaviors; (2) Investigating the molecular and cellular impact of circadian disruptions on tumor heterogeneity, tumor microenvironment, and metastatic progression. (3) Translational applications of circadian physiology for the treatment of cancer and aging-related pathologies using nutritional, metabolic, pharmacological interventions. Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will have the opportunity to be a part of The Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience.
The primary duties of this position will be to define research problems, approaches or hypothesis, and methodology, design specific phases of research projects, carry out complex analyses (qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods), analyze results, develop conclusions and hypotheses, and/or present research findings in publishable form. Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Assisting in the coordination of ongoing research projects.
Publishing key results in peer-reviewed journals.
Assisting the PI, as well as other collaborating investigators, with scientific development, data analyses, and grant writing, as needed.
Applying for extramural research funding. Taking appropriate steps towards becoming an independent investigator/faculty member.
Participating in didactic training opportunities offered at WSU.
May perform other duties as required.
*The position will be an initial one-year (1 year) appointment with opportunity for renewal contingent upon performance, mutual acceptance and available funding.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist in the coordination of ongoing research projects.
Prepare articles for publication.
Assist in developing posters and presentations for disseminating study findings.
Assist in the preparation of progress reports.
Assist the PI, as well as other collaborating investigators, with scientific development, data analyses, and grant writing.
20% Data Management and Reporting
Gather and input study data into database systems. Ensure accuracy in the recording of all data and work with research sites to ensure data integrity.
Review and assess study data to ensure adherence to study protocol. Collaborate with PI if protocols are not being met.
Ensure data security and confidentiality.
15% Professional Development
Participate in didactic training opportunities at WSU.
Apply for extramural research funding.
Take steps to become an independent investigator/faculty member.
5% Other duties as assigned
An earned terminal degree in an appropriate field and relevant experience.
Experience authoring professional presentations or peer-reviewed publications.
Experience preparing technical reports and manuscripts.
Proactive problem-solving skills, ability to work independently, and ability to take appropriate autonomous initiative to carry out study related functions.
Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Outstanding ethics and confidentiality in dealing with scientific data and results.
Aptitude for academic rigor using qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed-methods.
Actively participates as a member of the research team, and frequently reports progress.
Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products (e.g., SharePoint, Powerpoint).
Must be willing to work evenings and weekends on occasion to meet the needs of the project, including scheduling participant visits and contacts, as well as meeting project deadlines.
A doctoral degree in molecular & cell biology, pharmacology, biochemistry immunology, oncology, neuroscience, medicine or any related field.
Experience in the fleld of molecular and cellular biology (e.g. CRISPR-genome editing, Molecular cloning with SnapGene program, WB/IP/ChIP analysis, Confocal and fluorescence microscopy, FACs analysis), cancer biology (e.g. 3D tumor spheroid cultures, tumor xenograft, tumor immunology, Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq), The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database analysis), aging biology (e.g. senescence and autophagy, longevity analysis), bioinformatics analysis (e.g. Transcriptomics/proteomics/metabolomics/epigenomics analysis, Genome-wide association (GWA) analyses), and epigenetic regulation (DNA/Histone modifications).
Experience and/or interest in circadian clock and sleep research
Excellent scientific writing and oral expression skills.
Experience analyzing scientific data using R, Stata, SPSS, NVivo, or Atlas.ti.
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.
FTE: 100% This is a temporary non-tenure track position. Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position with an initial 1-year appointment. Renewal is dependent performance, mutual acceptance and available funding
Screening and Posting Close Date: The screening of applicants begins November 19, 2023. Applicants must submit their completed application by December 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
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.
Applicants must upload the following documents to their online application.
Cover Letter (required)
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.
Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application.
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