Assistant Professor Tenure Track
The Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University seeks a motivated and promising researcher engaged in a fundamental area of modern plant science. Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor who will use innovative research approaches that incorporate biochemistry/biophysics, structural biology, systems biology or phenomics/phenotyping in key strategic areas of plant metabolism, growth and development. 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. This is a 9-month, tenure-track full-time faculty position to begin August 16, 2018, or as negotiated, at the university's main campus in Pullman, Washington. Successful applicants are expected to rapidly develop a highly competitive research program and contribute substantially to the missions of the Institute of Biological Chemistry and College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. Responsibilities will include developing and maintaining a vigorous research program supported by extramural funding; developing and teaching courses on topics in modern plant biology that complements existing courses, training and mentoring graduate students; working effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies in a global environment; and participating in committee service at the department, college, and/or university level. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a program of research consistent with the missions of the WSU Agricultural Research Center. Required: PhD or equivalent, and one year of postdoctoral experience by start date. Expertise in using innovative approaches in plant biochemistry/biophysics structural biology, systems biology, or phenomics/phenotyping in key strategic areas of plant metabolism, growth and development. Preferred: Evidence of quality and quantity of research accomplished in a fundamental area of modern plant science; a coherent research plan that incorporates some or all of the approaches identified under the required qualifications; and excellent oral and written communications skills. Screening of application materials begins October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.