Research Associate in Biology

Michigan State University

Research Associate of Biology

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Entomology Agriculture And Natural Res 10002268
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 50637.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The laboratory of Dr. Marianna Szucs at Michigan State University, Department of Entomology, invites applications for a Research Associate (postdoctoral) position to investigate coevolution of host-parasitoid interactions in the context of spotted wing drosophila biological control. The aim of the research is to investigate rapid evolutionary process that may impact the effectiveness of biological control. The research will involve both field and laboratory components, and if the successful candidate is interested and qualified there will be opportunities to combine laboratory experiments with genomics approaches.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, entomology, ecology or related field and a successful publication record. The ideal candidate will have experience working with hymenopteran parasitoids but applicants with a strong evolutionary background who are willing to learn rearing of parasitoids and drosophilid flies will be considered as well. Desirable qualifications include experience conducting research on experimental evolution, working with insect host-parasite systems, expertise in statistical analysis, strong organizational skills, and interest in mentoring undergraduate research. The work will involve field collection of flies across Michigan; thus, candidates must possess a valid driver’s license.

The initial appointment is for one year with potential for renewal based on availability of funding. It is a full-time, benefited position with health insurance. Review of applications will begin immediately until a suitable candidate is found. The position begins in September 2023 with some flexibility regarding the exact start date. 

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -evolutionary biology, entomology, ecology

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, entomology, ecology or related field and a successful publication record. Valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience conducting research on experimental evolution
  • Experience working with insect host-parasite systems
  • Expertise in statistical analysis
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Interest in mentoring undergraduate researchers

Required Application Materials

Candidates should submit a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, including a statement of your interest or experience in fostering an inclusive environment, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references and two representative publications.

Special Instructions

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Marianna Szucs,

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Advertised: Mar 27, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Mar 27, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

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