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Michigan State University Research Associate-Fixed Term in East Lansing, Michigan

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources

Department:Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff

Salary:Salary Commensurate with Experience

Location: East Lansing

Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The research will focus on micro-scale mechanisms driving processes of soil carbon sequestration in cover crop systems. It will aim specifically at deciphering interactions of soil physical processes with soil biology and biochemistry in plant-soil continua. The experimental component of the position will involve designing and carrying out innovative laboratory/greenhouse experiments aimed at better understanding how cover crop mixtures create micro-scale soil environments optimal for microbial functioning and protection of soil C. The project involves 13C plant labeling, root structure analysis, X-ray computed micro-tomography, zymography of extracellular hydrolytic and oxidative enzymes in soils, and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy in soil cores.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Soil and/or Environmental Sciences

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate will have a Ph. D. in Soil and/or Environmental Sciences. Required skills include in-depth knowledge of soil science and plant-soil interactions. Experience in isotope applications in plant, soil, and environmental sciences is a plus. Experience with X-ray computed tomography, and XRF imaging, is desirable. A track record of publication in quality peer-review journals is a must. Demonstrated creativity, independence, and excellent communication skills, both written and oral are expected.

Required Application Materials

The position is for one year with a possibility of a renewal on per annual basis contingent upon funding and/or satisfactory performance. Starting date is January 2022 or as soon as possible after that.

Applications should consist of a single pdf file that includes:

  • a cover letter (1-2 pages) highlighting how past experience and academic training align with the position

  • a curriculum vitae including a list of all peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations

  • names and contact information for three references

and two additional items:

  • undergraduate and graduate transcripts listing the courses taken and grades received (does not have to be official)

  • a pdf of one published peer-reviewed manuscript where the applicant is the first author

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

The position is for one year with a possibility of a renewal on per annual basis contingent upon funding and/or satisfactory performance. Starting date is January 2022 or as soon as possible after that.

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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