Research Associate-Fixed Term in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Position Open

  • May 7, 2019
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Position Summary

Michigan State University is one of the top institutions for research in both plant science and microbial ecology. One position for a postdoctoral research associate is available in the laboratory of Ashley Shade in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

We seek an excellent post-doctoral associate to conduct research to understand the drivers of plant-associated microbial communities and how they influence plant resilience to stress. Strong quantitative skills and experience with bioinformatic and statistical analyses of microbial communities is expected. The successful applicant will be independent, motivated, and able to work as part of a collaborative team. S/he will have proven skills in microbiology and molecular laboratory techniques, as well as strong writing and communication skills. Experience in conducting greenhouse or field experiments will be viewed favorably.  A familiarity with ecological and evolutionary theories will be viewed favorably. Applicants should hold a PhD in a field related to plant, soil, microbial sciences, ecology, or bioinformatics/genomics. 

The position will be part of the Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of researchers in ecology and evolution, microbiology, and plant and soil sciences.

This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position with reappointment contingent on satisfactory performance and available funding.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Microbial Sciences, Plant and Soil Sciences

Minimum Requirements

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in a field related to microbial sciences, plant and soil sciences, ecology, or bioinformatics/genomics.

Desired Qualifications

The successful applicant will have demonstrated skills in bioinformatic and statistical analyses of microbial communities. Skills desired include: strong writing and communication skills; standard microbiology and/or molecular laboratory skills or past related experience; past experiences in working with plants, in a greenhouse, or general environmental fieldwork. A record of scientific publication in peer-reviewed journals is expected. An interest in or familiarity with ecological and evolutionary theories will be viewed favorably. The successful applicant will be independent, motivated, and able to work as part of a collaborative team.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter describing relevant skills, research accomplishments, research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Review of Applications Begins On

05/21/2019

Summary of Health Risks

Some projects require working with organic solvents, or flammables (e.g., phenol chloroform, ethanol).

Website

https://mmg.natsci.msu.edu/

http://ashley17061.wixsite.com/shadelab


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