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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Plant Research Laboratory Nat Science 10032674
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 48671.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Responses to light are among the most important adaptations for photosynthetic organisms. The Montgomery lab is interested in the mechanisms photosynthetic organisms possess to finely tune their growth and developmental responses to changes in their ambient environment. Successful applicants will work as a part of a team on projects aimed at either (1) developing new mechanistic insights into cell- and tissue-specific light responses in Arabidopsis or (2) investigating regulation of adaptations to light color and intensity in cyanobacteria. The postdoctoral scientists will use genetic, biochemical and cell biological approaches to study light signaling pathways in plants or cyanobacteria. These positions are part of an integrated postdoctoral training approach in the Montgomery Lab. Positions included cutting edge research training partnered with an individual career development plan and targeted activities to provide comprehensive preparation of the researchers for future career positions. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -plant biology, microbiology, biochemistr

Minimum Requirements

PhD in plant biology, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field.

Desired Qualifications

Prior experience with genetic engineering, gene functional analysis and/or biochemistry in the model organism of preference is strongly preferred.

Required Application Materials

Qualified and interested applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interests and career development goals, a sample of a recently published paper, and contact information for three references to Beronda Montgomery (

Special Instructions

The initial funded position will be for a period of 1 year, with the possibility of renewal.

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