Research Associate in Infectious Disease/Epidemiology/Microbiology

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences 10046518
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

A Research Associate, postdoctoral position is available in the Antimicrobial Stewardship & Dairy Health Management Laboratory of Dr. Pamela Ruegg in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. The laboratory group studies antimicrobial stewardship and dairy health management practices that contribute to reduced need for antimicrobial treatments with emphasis on practices that improve udder health. Research projects emphasize cutting edge laboratory and statistical methods to address practical problems and align with principles of One Health. The candidate will design and implement research projects related to optimizing antimicrobial usage on dairy farms and work toward developing diagnostic methods to improve etiology guided treatment decisions. The candidate will design, coordinate and perform and field studies, write extramural grant/fellowship applications, prepare manuscripts for high impact scientific journals and present scientific research at national and international scientific meetings.

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 -Infectious Disease/Epidemiology/Microbiology

Minimum Requirements

The candidate must have a veterinary degree and a Ph.D (or equivalent) with a strong background in microbiological methods and molecular biology, immunology and epidemiology.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with udder health and methods to quantify antimicrobial usage and resistance is a strongly desired attribute.

Required Application Materials

The interested applicant should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Special Instructions

The position is open until filled and review of applications will begin February 23, 2021. Applications must be submitted electronically at Questions can be directed to Dr. Pamela Ruegg, at

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Department Statement

The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (LCS) is educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and providing the finest clinical services available.

Our diverse faculty focuses on areas ranging from dairy, food animal, and specialized equine services to intensive research and student training. They work closely with students pursuing DVM degrees, veterinarians in internship and residency programs, and MS and PhD students. Learning to better understand, diagnose, and treat disease takes place in some of the most advanced facilities and laboratories. Faculty and students work together to find new solutions and put them into practice for a better world.

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.

Advertised: Feb 10, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 10, 2023 Eastern Standard Time