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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:Entomology Agriculture And Natural Res 10002268

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff


Location: East Lansing

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

Position Summary

The Wetzel and Howe labs in the Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University are hiring a postdoctoral research associate for a collaborative project that spans ecology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. The project examines the ecological and biochemical resilience of milkweed plants and their insect communities to extreme heat events. A major goal is understanding the effects of stress timing and how timing differs across milkweed species from different climates. We will use biochemical and molecular approaches to advance our general understanding of the resilience of plants and plant-associated communities to environmental variability and to improve milkweed conservation in the face of climate change.

We are seeking a postdoc who can take this work to the next level by bridging our lab groups by working with ecologists and molecular biologists to link biochemical mechanisms to ecological processes. We are thus considering ecologists with strong chemistry skills or molecular biologists with experience or a strong interest in ecology/organismal biology. The initial appointment is for 1 year and expected to go for 2-3 years subject to annual review. Start date is negotiable, ideally in the first half of 2022. Duties will depend on the strengths of the candidate, but they could include planning and running lab and field studies, conducting lab work, supervising undergraduates and technicians, analyzing data, writing manuscripts, and presenting at conferences.

Learn more: https://wetzellab.com/ & https://prl.natsci.msu.edu/people/faculty/gregg-howe/

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 -Ecology, plant biology, entomology, biochemistry

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, plant biology, entomology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field; a strong research and publication record; and experience or strong interest in working across scales.

Required Application Materials

  1. Cover letter describing past research accomplishments, research interests, and career goals

  2. CV

  3. 2 published papers or manuscripts in preparation

  4. names and email addresses for 3 references

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

Feel free to email wcwetzel@msu.edu and/or howeg@msu.edu to start a conversation. When emailing, please include (1) a cover letter describing past research accomplishments, research interests, and career goals; (2) a CV; (3) 2 published papers or manuscripts in preparation; and (4) names and email addresses for 3 references.

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Department Statement

MSU is a fantastic place to study plant-insect interactions with a large and dynamic research community. Potential collaborators can be found in the departments of Entomology, Plant Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Integrative Biology, and across the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program and the Plant Resilience Institute. The university has a large greenhouse and environmental chamber facility and access to field sites on campus and at Kellogg Biological Station.

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.

Advertised: Oct 11, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time