Research Associate in Plant Biology
Michigan State University College of Natural Science
United States

Research Associate in Plant Biology

Job no: 635148
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Plant Biology Cns 10032114
Salary: 48671.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

An opening is available for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Buell ( and Douches ( Labs to utilize genomic methods to improve our understanding of the genome architecture in cultivated potato and to develop and assess novel gene editing methods in potato and camelina. These activities are part of two separate USDA-funded projects in the Buell and Douches labs. Ample opportunities for interactions and collaborations with bioinformaticists, genomicists, geneticists, and breeders exist that will provide broad exposure to disciplines relevant in plant breeding and genetics. The Buell and Douches labs provides a robust training environment for postdoctoral associates seeking careers in academia and industry and applicants interested in a dynamic, positive research experience are especially encouraged to apply. 

MSU provides competitive salary and excellent benefits for postdoctoral associates. Starting salary will be $48,671. The position is a one-year initial appointment with potential extension up to two years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding with a desired start date of February 2020

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Doctorate – in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, biology or related field.

Desired Qualifications

Competitive candidates will be broadly trained in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, and biology. A research background in the plant sciences with a publication record showing productivity is preferred.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a CV, a 1-page statement of research experience and interest, and a list of three references with contact information.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on 21 February and continue until filled. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Buell ( at buell “at” msu dot edu

Review of Applications Begins On



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 4, 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 3, 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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