A postdoctoral scholar position (1.0 FTE; 12-months) is available in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) at Oregon State University. The position provides a competitive stipend and health insurance for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance.
The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of natural products extraction, isolation, purification, structure elucidation and bioassay, in addition to sharing basic laboratory duties. The project is part of a large, multi-laboratory trans-disciplinary research effort aimed at, in part, discovery and evaluation of new (and existing) compounds for prevention and control of disease of plants caused by Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Rhodococcus fascians. There will be opportunities to contribute to other projects, including determination of biodistribution of the pathogens in production settings, and deployment of molecular diagnostics. Responsibilities include conducting independent research in the field, greenhouse and laboratory settings; maintaining accurate and detailed research operations records; isolation and maintenance of bacterial cultures; development and execution of appropriate experiments; collection and analysis of data, interpretat ion of results, formulation of conclusions, and documentation in final written form.
The successful candidate will possess 1) effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with a diverse team of researchers, students, and staff, 2) the ability to work independently and maintain effective attention to detail, meet deadlines, and prioritize competing demands 3) display an aptitude for problem solving and facilitating the work of others 4) demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with internal and external collaborators and 5) act as lead and support in manuscript and grant proposal writing. The position will be in the laboratories of Dr. Taifo Mahmud (College of Pharmacy) and Melodie Putnam (BPP).
||Recent Ph.D. graduates in Natural Products Chemistry or a closely related discipline and experience in purification and structure elucidation techniques including HPLC, 1D and 2D NMR, MS, UV, IR, are required. Applicants must also possess basic computer skills, and have a record of completing projects in a timely manner. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and have excellent oral and written English skills.
Strong research experience as demonstrated by first author publications.
Familiarity with antibacterial assays, both in vitro and in vivo, is highly desirable.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is preferred.
To apply, please provide a CV and cover letter which includes a summary of past accomplishments, a statement of research goals, and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three references. Application material may be sent electronically to:
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology Oregon State University
2082 Cordley Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
For more information about the Postdoc Scholar Appointment please see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs