Postdoctoral Training Opportunity: RDSP

Employment type: Full-Time
Application Deadline: May 31, 2018

Postdoctoral Training Opportunity: Reproductive & Developmental Sciences, Michigan State University

Research into animal and human reproduction has broad implications for human health.  The Reproductive & Developmental Sciences Training Program ( at Michigan State University announces available postdoctoral positions for research in Programmatic High Priority Topic Areas identified by the NICHD/Fertility and Infertility Branch and the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch. The program is supported by a T32 award from NICHD and provides training opportunities for eligible postdoctoral trainees in the laboratories of our 17 Faculty Trainers based in East Lansing or Grand Rapids, MI. The trainers are world-renowned for their research, and offer training in cutting-edge methodologies and diverse model systems. There are 4 major areas of specialization: 1. Gonad, Gamete, & Embryo Biology, 2. Developmental Genetics & Stem Cells, 3. Women’s Health & Maternal-Fetal Interactions, 4. Reproductive Toxicology & Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.  Trainees acquire competencies in hypothesis-driven basic, applied, clinical, and translational research in developmental biology & embryology, molecular & cellular biology, reproductive physiology, genome editing, epigenetics, and bioinformatics/genomics biology, and skills for successful professional development. Salary is commensurate with experience according to NIH stipend levels.

Specific Position Duties 

Research (80%)
  • Perform experiments using advanced biomedical research techniques and develop new methods/applications
  • Maintain accurate records and follow all MSU guidelines for research
  • Have the primary responsibility for writing scientific publications. 
  • Present the results at national and international scientific meetings
  • Write and submit grant applications to major funding agencies
Training (20%)

As part of the T32 training program the postdoctoral trainees are expected to actively participate in the following

  • Journal Club
  • Research in Progress meetings
  • RDSP Distinguished Lecture and RDSP Seminar Series
  • Annual RDSP Research Day
  • Annual Michigan Alliance for Reproductive Technologies and Sciences meeting. 
  • Courses in Scientific Communication for Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Grant Writing for Biomedical Research, and Advanced Topics in Reproductive Biology.
  • Community Outreach Activities

Minimum Requirement: PhD in any field of Biology

Desired Requirement: Prior experience / expertise in Reproductive Biology


Eligibility for the training program requires that candidates are a permanent resident or citizen of the United  States, and have a doctoral degree in clinical science or basic science.


Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in relevant scientific area including Physiology, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Reproductive Biology
  • Excellent communication, scientific writing, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently but also as a team player
  • A strong work ethic and dedication to high quality research and fulfillment of training plan

How to apply

To apply, applicants must submit an application at the MSU Human Resources site at and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two-page statement of research training and interests.  Please direct any questions regarding this training opportunity to the T32 postdoctoral recruiting coordinator, Dr. Aritro Sen via email (   

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution