Research Associate in Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences
Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

Apply now Job no: 656752
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Agriculture, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences invites applications from outstanding candidates for a fixed term, Research Associate position in the area of Weed Genomics.

Position Description (project/duties)

The Patterson lab at MSU is deeply involved with the objectives of the International Weed Genomes Consortium (IWGC). The IWGC is a multi-industry and multi-academic collaboration who's objective is to sequence, assemble, annotate, and publicly release ten weed genomes in three years. The main responsibility of this position will be to polish, annotate, analyze, and publicly release all weed genomes produced by the IWGC. The responsibilities of this position and relatively short timeline require an expert that can quickly adapt to the position and function at the highest capacity. The requested position requires a specialist that has in-depth experience in 1) Bioinformatics and computing, 2) Evolutionary and plant biology and 3) Weed science and agronomy. Additional responsibilities may include 1) acquiring additional future funds from both industry partners and nationally competitive grant agencies, 2) training graduate students in the fields of bioinformatics, comparative genomics, and evolutionary biology, 3) collaborating and reporting for industry partners and the IWGC, and 4) running bioinformatics training sessions for the weed science community.

Exceptional candidates from all areas of Bioinformatics, Genomics, Weed Science, or related field will be considered

Required Degree

Doctorate -Bioinformatics, Genomics, Weed Science, or related field. 

Minimum Requirements

Doctorate in Bioinformatics, Genomics, Weed Science, or related field. 

Desired Qualifications

A minimum of 2 years of post-doc experience in computational biology. A strong publication record

Required Application Materials

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter specifying area of focus and detailing interest in this position
  • Research Statement
  • Curriculum Vita 
  • Contact information for up to 3 professional references

Special Instructions

Applicants must apply through the MSU online system,, posting number 656752.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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Department Statement

MSU has a vibrant plant science community comprising of more than 150 faculty members conducting a wide range of plant research spanning the lab-to-field continuum in both natural and agricultural ecosystems. PSM is a multi-disciplinary department with faculty appointed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR;

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 7, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 6, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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