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Plant Lipid Biochemistry and Metabolic Flux

Position Summary:
The Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University currently has a Postdoctoral Research opportunity in the Bates laboratory on the biochemical regulation of fatty acid synthesis, and the control of acyl lipid metabolic flux in plants. Plant oils supply humans with much of the calories and nutritionally important fatty acids required in our diet, and plant oils also represent a renewable carbon source that can replace petroleum as feedstocks for the chemical industry or as bio-fuels. To meet the growing demand of the human population we need to greatly increase the amount of oil produced in various oilseed crops. The Bates lab seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher for a National Science Foundation funded project that focuses on characterizing the biochemical control of de novo fatty acid synthesis, and discovery of metabolic bottlenecks which limit the accumulation of seed oils. More information about the Bates lab research can be found at:

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Plant Biochemistry or equivalent.
  • Experience in the analysis of metabolism, and biochemical characterization of mutants.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group atmosphere, contribute to multiple projects, and mentor or train undergraduates and graduate students.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience utilizing isotopic labels to trace metabolism or within enzymatic reactions
  • Experience utilizing HPLC and GC
  • Experience in the analysis of lipids
  • Experience in the analysis of gene expression and production of plant mutants

Interested individuals should send a CV, brief statement of interest (less than 1 page), and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of three references to: Dr. Philip Bates at

Washington State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.  Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.


Post-Doctoral Position: Cytokinesis

Position Summary: 
The Smertenko Laboratory in the Institute of Biological Chemistry has a post-doctoral position open to study mechanisms of cytokinesis in plants. Smertenko’s laboratory identified a microtubule-nucleating protein, which localizes to the plant cytokinetic structure, the phragmoplast. The goal of this project is characterize activity of this protein using in vitro reconstitution of microtubule dynamics and analysis of microtubule behavior in vivo. The position is initially for 1 year with a further 2 years’ extension pending on satisfactory progress. Salary is negotiable depending on the experience. Further information on the research activities occurring in the Smertenko laboratory can be found at  For further information about the position posting, please visit .


PhD in Protein Biochemistry/Cell Biology/Plant Biology
Experience in protein production using insect, yeast, and bacterial systems.
Effective written and oral skill, which includes communications with others from different field and background.


Knowledge of Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence microscopy, Confocal Microscopy, image analysis, as well as MetaMorph and Matlab would be advantageous, however the required training in microscopy and image analysis will be provided.

Interested individuals should send a CV, a letter of interest describing how your experience meets the needs of the position, and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of three references to: e-Mail: or Dr. Andrei Smertenko, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, PO Box 646340, Pullman, WA  99164-6340, USA.

Screening will begin May 15, 2018.