A postdoctoral research position is available immediately in the Okita laboratory to study the mechanisms underlying RNA localization in plants using rice as a model. The Okita laboratory has demonstrated that rice mRNAs are not randomly distributed and translated in the cytoplasm but transported and targeted to specific subdomains of the endoplasmic reticulum. These processes require mRNA cis-sequences (zipcodes) and specific RNA binding proteins that recognize these zipcode sequences. Ongoing studies have shown that these zip-code RNA binding proteins are part of a larger proteome interactome network whose members co-assemble in different combinations with each other to form diverse multiprotein complexes. The postdoctoral associate will conduct RNA biology and bioinformatics/computational biology studies to identify the RNA recognition sites of specific RNA binding proteins using iCLIP and RiPiT-seq approaches as a means to identify whether mRNAs are transported as regulons.
We are housed in a brand-new Plant Science Building, which is equipped with state-of-art plant growth facilities.
Prior knowledge and demonstrated expertise in molecular, genetic, and next-generation sequencing data analysis are essential. The successful applicant should be proficient in the English language, have excellent writing skills, and a track-record of publishing in well-cited journals. Applicants who have received their Ph.D. degrees within the past three years are preferred.
Additional Salary Information: fringe benefits include medical-dental health insurance and 403 plan
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Washington State University (Washington State, WSU, or Wazzu) is a public land-grant research university in Pullman, Washington. Founded in 1890, WSU is one of the oldest land-grant universities in the American West. With an undergraduate enrollment of 24,470 and a total enrollment of 29,686, it is the second largest institution for higher education in Washington state behind the University of Washington. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". The WSU Pullman campus is perched upon a hill, characterized by open spaces, views, deep green conifers, and a restrained red brick and basalt material palette—materials originally found on site. The university is nestled within the rolling topography of the Palouse in rural eastern Washington and remains intimately connected to the town, the region, and the landscape in which it sits.