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: 680156

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


Position Summary

Responsibilities will include: investigating the epidemiology, population genetics, and mitigation measures of Botrytis cinerea. Duties will also include coordinating with graduate students as needed and overseeing undergraduate students who may assist with these projects.  Compiling and analyzing data and summarizing results for grant reports, manuscripts, extension articles and powerpoint presentations is expected.  The appointment will be initially for one year with the possibility of two additional years based on satisfactory performance and continuation of funding.


Exceptional candidates from all areas of Plant Pathology, 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, Agronomy, or agriculture-related field

Minimum Requirements

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

Applicants must possess a commercial pesticide license.

Desired Qualifications

Familiarity with use of a Burkard volumetric spore sampler, WatchDog temperature/relative humidity sensor, leaf wetness sensor, diseased plant sampling technique.  Must be able to perform experiments independently in the lab, conduct field work under sometimes challenging conditions, and write scientific publications and other documents.

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 680156.

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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