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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 613932
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Great Lakes Bioenergy Researc Ctr Vprgs 10059425
Salary: 50000.00
Location: Hickory Corners
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

Applications are being accepted for a Research Associate-fixed term (Postdoc) in terrestrial biogeochemistry to investigate nitrogen and carbon cycling in bioenergy cropping systems. The position is part of the DOE’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (, located at the NSF Long-term Ecological Research Program site (, at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) ( Start date is Winter 2019/2020, with application review to begin in December.

Position description: The successful applicant will join a team investigating the sustainability of bioenergy cropping systems, and in particular aspects of greenhouse gas fluxes and soil nitrogen and carbon dynamics. Field and laboratory-based studies of denitrification, nitrogen fixation, and soil carbon dynamics will inform life cycle assessments of alternative cropping systems and help to improve the sustainable production of lignocellulosic biomass for bioenergy. The position is part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of four Bioenergy Research Centers funded in by the US Dept of Energy, with field sites at KBS and elsewhere in Michigan and Wisconsin. In addition to research and career development, a portion of this position (10%) is devoted to project coordination.

Start date, salary, and location: The appointment is for one year with extensions contingent on satisfactory performance and continued funding. Start date is flexible, but Winter 2019/2020 is preferred. Describe your preferred start date and/or constraints in the cover letter. Salary is $50,000 per year; university benefits apply, including health and dental insurances. The position is based at KBS, located in SW Michigan near Kalamazoo, about 60 miles from the main MSU campus in East Lansing. More information about KBS can be found at

Required Degree

Doctorate -Soil Sciences, Ecology or related field

Minimum Requirements

Qualifications: A PhD in an appropriate discipline is required, as is demonstration of strong written and oral communication skills. Field experience in strongly preferred, as is experience with modern instrumentation and stable isotopes. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in collaborations across various labs at MSU, including microbial ecology, micrometeorology, and aquatic biogeochemistry.

Required Application Materials

To apply: You will need to submit a

1) cover letter (include research accomplishments, future research interests and directions, and relevant field, lab, and data analysis skills);

2) a current CV,

3) one representative publication (published or submitted),

4) contact information (name, position, phone, email) for three references.

Special Instructions

Direct any questions to G. Philip (Phil) Robertson at

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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Department Statement

Our mission is simple: creating biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

Our Vision: Developing sustainable biofuels and bioproducts, from all usable portions of dedicated energy crops, grown on marginal or non-agricultural lands.

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is a cross-disciplinary research center led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with Michigan State University as a principle partner. The GLBRC draws on the expertise of over 400 scientists, engineers, students, and staff to develop sustainable biofuels and bioproducts.

Created in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy, the GLBRC focuses on three areas of research: sustainable cropping systems, efficient biomass conversion, and field-to-product integration. Together, we are helping to replace petroleum-derived fuels and products and enable a new generation of biorefineries.


MSU Statement

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