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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 481447
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Kellogg Biological Station Nat. Sci. 10032500
Salary: 47000.00-49000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Hickory Corners
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

The research associate will contribute to two highly interrelated projects.

The first is the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), a large, multi-PI and interdisciplinary project of which one part is examining the potential of the plant-associated microbiome to sustainably enhance stress tolerance of plants in degraded lands. Work on this project involves investigations into the fundamental mechanisms that underlie plant-microbe interactions and implications of changing management regimes (e.g. fertilizer).

The second project, MMPRNT (Microbial Mediated Perennial Rhizospehere Nitrogen Transformations) is a multi-PI, DOE-funded project at MSU that examines how the rhizosphere microbiome of perennial grasses influence plant nitrogen availability. This work leverages GLBRC sites, and overlaps in scope.

The research associate could take advantage of powerful time series dataset of community composition already collected (with associated biogeochemical metadata), and interact with a diverse array of high-caliber staff, research associates, and graduate students working on both projects.

In addition to research and career development, a proportion of this position (10%) involves coordination among the two projects (data management, communication, training), and is ideal for a candidate looking for exposure to multi-PI projects, mentoring, and close interactions with several collaborative laboratories (including Shade, Bonito and Tiemann at MSU).

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline is required, as is demonstration of strong written and oral communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with bioinformatics and statistical analysis of microbial community composition (i.e., amplicon sequencing) data is strongly preferred. Other skillsets relevant to the project, and that the research associate could apply or potentially learn, are stable isotope probing, high-throughput quantitative PCR, culture isolation and assessment of plant growth-promotion, greenhouse experimentation, and shotgun metagenomic analysis.

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter (including research accomplishments; future research interests and directions; and relevant field, lab, and data analysis skills)
  • CV
  • A representative publication (published or in press)
  • Contact information (name, position, phone, email) for three references.

Special Instructions

Please submit a 1) cover letter (including research accomplishments; future research interests and directions; and relevant field, lab, and data analysis skills); 2) CV; 3) a representative publication (published or in press); and 4) contact information (name, position, phone, email). We will begin reviewing applications January 10, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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