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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Plant Biology Cns 10032114
Salary: 50000.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The position will focus on the phenotypic effects of TE polymorphisms using quantitative genetics approaches but could involve other related projects as well. The position will also involve preparing manuscripts and presentations, participating in lab activities, and mentoring. The Josephs lab and the Department of Plant Biology provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere with many opportunities for collaboration.

Ideal candidates will have a background in transposable element biology, population genetics, and/or quantitative genetics. Experience with R, python, C++, or other programming languages is a plus.  I believe in and value the power of diversity and applicants from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Start date is open-ended, with preference for earlier dates. 

This position is a one-year appointment with the potential extension up to 4 years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in Evolutionary biology, plant biology, genetics, or a related field.

Interest in evolutionary genetics of transposable elements. Previous research experience in plant biology, evolutionary genetics, or a related field. Computational and writing skills.


Desired Qualifications

Experience in transposable element biology, population genetics, quantitative genetics, programming (in R, python, C++, or other languages).


Required Application Materials

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

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on September 3, 2019, and will continue until the position has been filled.

For additional information about the Josephs lab, please visit

Please email Dr. Emily Josephs at with any questions.


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