Research Associate in Physiology Natural Science

Michigan State University College of Natural Science

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Physiology Natural Science 10032668
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

Working/Functional Title

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Research Associate

Position Summary

We are seeking highly motivated individuals that are interested in training in the areas of enteric neuroscience and peripheral neuroinflammation. The position will broadly focus on investigating the mechanisms whereby enteric glia regulate gastrointestinal functions in health and how enteric glia contribute to plasticity among enteric and sensory neurons following inflammation. The candidate will have the opportunity to learn a wide spectrum of laboratory techniques and will have access to state-of-the-art technology that will lead to independent research projects in this area. Currently funded projects include studies that focus on how enteric glia regulate intestinal motor functions and how enteric glia regulate visceral pain. Salary will be commensurate with current NIH NRSA stipend levels, Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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


Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD or MD degree and should have some or all of the following attributes: 1) a strong background in neuroscience (preferably enteric neuroscience) and/or cellular/molecular gastroenterology, 2) a publication record of primary research articles including at least one lead-author publication, 3) excellent communication skills (written/spoken English), 4) an excellent academic record, 5) a keen desire to learn, and 6) previous research experience working in a cellular neuroscience, physiology, or gastroenterology research environment. 

Desired Qualifications

Previous work with rodents is preferred.

Required Application Materials

NIH Interested candidates should send an email including a letter of intent outlining their qualifications and career objectives, CV, PDFs of 2-3 publications and names of 3 individuals that can be contacted."

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2021, and will continue until the position has been filled.

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Department Statement


Identify factors and molecules that promote health and disease.

Understand mechanisms of disease progression.

Improve overall human and animal health through identification of novel therapeutic targets and treatments.

Train future scientists in state of the art physiology concepts & approaches.

The Department of Physiology at Michigan State University embraces diversity in its faculty, students and staff.  We are committed to providing an environment that nurtures and values inclusion of different backgrounds, ideas, perspectives and skills. Engaging the unique and diverse contributions of our department members results in innovation and excellence in our research, teaching, service and outreach.  We take pride in the strength of our diversity and our ability to work together with respect and equality.

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: Dec 18, 2020 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: Dec 17, 2022 Eastern Standard Time