Research Associate in Plant Biology

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: Plant Biology Cns 10032114
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

Responsibilities will include (i) screening the virome of switchgrass field populations in coordination with microbiome efforts project-wide; (ii) identifying promising viral symbionts and developing them as experimentally tractable systems; (iii) conducting rigorous experimental studies of viral contribution to switchgrass stress resilience with consideration of interactions with switchgrass genetics; (iv) contributing to consideration of synthetic microbial communities; (v) analyzing new and existing data; and (vi) preparing manuscripts. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will report to Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom and will work collaboratively with members of the Malmstrom and Lowry Labs at Michigan State University (including undergraduate and graduate students and technicians) as well as with external project collaborators working on related aspects of microbiome and switchgrass genetics and interactions.

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 -Virology, Plant virus ecology, or related field.

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in virology, plant virus ecology, plant stress biology, or a related field. Research experience with plant viruses is required.

Desired Qualifications

Competitive candidates will be broadly trained in virology and plant biology/ecology; possess strong quantitative, written, verbal communication skills; and be adept with experimental plant biology and with processing and analysis of viral sequence data, including from HTS platforms. A research background in plant virus ecology; strong skills in the field and at the bench; project management experience; and a publication record commensurate with time since degree completion are preferred

Required Application Materials

Please submit a CV, a letter of intent, and a list of three references with contact information.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021, and continue until filled. For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom (

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Department Statement

The Department of Plant Biology strives to provide the world with a program of excellence in the fundamental plant sciences by fostering innovative research and teaching that encompasses and integrates all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems. Our success lies in encouraging diverse perspectives and approaches to science and in our commitment to leading on the path towards diversity, equity and inclusion within our community.

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 17, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 17, 2023 Eastern Standard Time