Research Associate-Fixed Term

Hiring Organization: Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: East Lansing, MI
Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

Research Associate-Fixed Term

Job no: 680152

Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Agriculture, Research/Scientific, Non-Union


Position Summary

Responsibilities may include but not limited to: population genetic, phylogenetic, genomic and transcriptomic analyses of oomycete pathogens, Fusarium solani and Fusarium oxysporum species complexes, and Phyllachora maydis.  Duties will also include coordinating with and assisting graduate students as needed and overseeing undergraduate students who may be working on these projects.  Compiling, analyzing and summarizing results in preparation for writing reports, manuscripts and articles for publication and incorporating results into presentations is expected.


Exceptional candidates from all areas of Plant Pathology, Biology, Agronomy, or agriculture-related field will be considered.

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 -Plant Pathology, Biology, Agronomy, or agriculture-related field

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Biology, Agronomy, or agriculture-related field.  The Ph.D. must be completed at the time of employment. 

Required Application Materials

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter specifying area of focus
  • Research Statement
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Curriculum Vita 

Special Instructions

Applicants must apply through the MSU online system,, posting number 680152.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Department Statement

MSU has a vibrant plant science community comprising of more than 150 faculty members conducting a wide range of plant research spanning the lab-to-field continuum in both natural and agricultural ecosystems. PSM is a multi-disciplinary department with faculty appointed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR;

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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