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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.