Research Associate in Great Lakes Bioenergy Research
Michigan State University Research and Innovation
United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Great Lakes Bioenergy Researc Ctr Vprgs 10059425
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Agriculture, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

Project title: Engineering Plant Cell Walls for Improved Biomass

A position for a Research Associate is available with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), in the Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University. The position will be located in the research laboratory of Dr. Federica Brandizzi, with a starting date of December 1, 2020.

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is a US Department of Energy (DOE)-funded Bioenergy Research Center led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with Michigan State University as a primary partner. We are developing sustainable biofuels and bioproducts made from dedicated energy crops grown on marginal lands. Our mission is simple: creating biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

Research will focus on the biology of cell wall deposition in monocot model species and crops, using multidisciplinary approaches that include proteomics, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genomics, advanced live-cell imaging, and computational biology. We are interested in characterizing the mechanisms for cell wall biogenesis and differentiation during growth. The successful candidate will:

  • Obtain necessary input data for simulations and interpretation of modeling results for guiding and executing experimentation for hypothesis testing
  • Disseminate results through publications, reports and presentations at scientific meetings
  • Work with the Brandizzi team to set up relevant objectives and design experiments

Required Degree

Doctorate -Cell Biology-Molecular Biology/Gene Regu

Minimum Requirements

Candidates for the position should have:

  • PhD in cell biology, molecular biology/gene regulation, or similar field;
  • Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Strong background in statistics and uncertainty analysis.
  • Experience with bioinformatics workflows for large scale omics analyses is necessary.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in plant molecular biology and biochemistry is desirable.

Specialties: Cell Biology - Molecular Biology/Gene Regulation; Biochemistry, Genetics, Proteomics, Crop genomics, Machine learning and Natural language processing.

Required Application Materials

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, a brief description of research experience, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references. 

Special Instructions

For questions please contact Dr Federica Brandizzi (E-mail:

Review of Applications Begins On



Department Statement

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) employs over 400 scientists, staff, and students across multiple institutions. We look for dedicated employees with a passion for science and renewable energy.  Our mission is simple: creating biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

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: Jul 16, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 15, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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