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Michigan State University Research Associate-Fixed Term in Hickory Corners, Michigan

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Natural Science

Department:Kellogg Biological Station Nat. Sci. 10032500

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff


Location: Hickory Corners

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

Position Summary

Position Summary

The Gilbert Lab (www.gilbertlab.weebly.com) at Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position to assist with projects addressing questions involving ecological, evolutionary, and physiological dimensions of plant-microbe and plant-arthropod interactions. A key project will involve the use of transcriptomic data to examine the molecular basis of differing pH regulation ability across various host plant species, as well as the effects on their phylloplane microbiomes. This work will contribute to an ongoing USDA-NIFA-funded research project. The primary responsibilities associated with this position include coordinating and leading lab research activities, analyzing data, and writing manuscripts. The successful candidate will have opportunities at Michigan State University to interact with vibrant intellectual communities at KBS, in the Department of Plant Biology and with members of the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on performance and continued funding. Start date range is April 2022-August 2022 ; please describe preferred start date and/or constraints in the cover letter. Salary is $50,637 USD plus benefits. Successful candidate will also be strongly encouraged to apply for external funding from sources such as NSF and USDA.

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, Evolution, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology

Minimum Requirements

1) PhD in relevant field such as biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics or related; 2) demonstrated expertise in molecular ecology, transcriptomics, metatranscriptomics, and/or plant physiology; 3) strong molecular laboratory skills; 4) proficiency in R and Linux programming languages; 4) familiarity performing bioinformatic analyses using high performance computing clusters; 5) ability to work both independently and collaboratively; 6) strong oral/written communication and analytical skills

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include some combination of the following skills: 1) manuscript writing and publishing; 2) data curation practices and/or methods development; 3) lab management skills; 4) student mentoring; 5) outreach activities

Required Application Materials

1) Cover letter (2 pages maximum) that describes research interests/goals, relevant experiences and techniques aligned with the focus of this position, as well as motivation for applying to this position and career aspirations

2) CV

3) Contact information for three references (name, position, institution, phone, email)

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/

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Department Statement

Kellogg Biological Station (www.kbs.msu.edu) is a premier biological research station located 65 miles from main campus of Michigan State. It is home to 14 faculty and their graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, with interests ranging from biogeochemistry to community ecology to evolution, as well as full-time research staff, visiting research scientists, and many summer undergraduates. It is also home to sites for several national networks, including: the KBS LTER (NSF-funded) and LTAR (USDA-funded), which investigate the fundamental and stakeholder-driven ecology of agricultural landscapes, respectively; and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, examining sustainable bioenergy systems.

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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