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: 680028

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 will include: using RNA-sequencing coupled with gene regulatory network analyses and functional validation will be used to study how plants (Arabidopsis, selected crops) respond to nutrient starvation. Skills in compiling, analyzing and summarizing results in preparation for writing reports, manuscripts and articles for publication and incorporating results into presentations is required. Duties will also include coordinating with graduate students as needed and overseeing undergraduate students who will be working on these projects. 

Exceptional candidates from all areas of Plant molecular physiology, plant mineral nutrition, or computational biology-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 molecular physiology, or computational biology

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Plant molecular physiology, biochemistry, or computational biology -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
  • Current Curriculum Vita 

Special Instructions

Applicants must apply through the MSU online system,, posting number 680028.

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

Review of Applications Begins On



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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