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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 690279
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Institute for Quantitative Health 40001033
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Aguirre Lab at the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at Michigan State University is seeking a Research Associate in the field of human development and stem cell biology. The Aguirre Lab at Michigan State University focuses on investigating the pathways that control development, regeneration and cell fate, with an emphasis on the cardiovascular system. Our final goal is to understand and harness the regenerative power within our own cells and organs for therapy. The primary goal of the successful candidate will be to characterize the role of novel bioactive lipids in human cardiovascular development and congenital heart disease. This will involve work with human pluripotent stem cells, heart organoids, transcriptomics, LC-MS and animal models. The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate and graduate students, share findings and data in lab meetings, publications, and presentations.

The environment in the Aguirre Lab is highly multidisciplinary and collaborative. The Aguirre Lab is committed to the academic and professional development of our trainees. Our lab is located in the brand-new Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) at MSU, and has a strong core of leading scientists working collaboratively across broad disciplines including: neuroengineering, motion analytics, developmental biology, stem cell biology, systems biology, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine, chemical biology and biomedical devices.

MSU provides competitive salary and excellent benefits for the position. This position will be funded for one year with renewal for up to five years based upon funding and performance.

Review of applications begins on February 11, 2021 and will remain open until filled. The position is available immediately.

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biomedical Engineering or related field

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the biomedical sciences (cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, physiology, or related disciplines)

Desired Qualifications

Candidates must have demonstrated cell and molecular biology experience, excellent oral and written communication skills, and exceptional attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be a motivated and creative individual with a commitment to academic research who can work independently as well as in team-based projects. A background or previous experience in stem cell biology, lipid biology, cardiovascular disease, mouse and/or zebrafish animal models will be beneficial but is not required.

Required Application Materials

To apply, supply a Cover Letter describing research accomplishments and interests, a current CV, and names and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions

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For more information, contact Aitor Aguirre (

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Summary of Health Risks

-Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.

-Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement

The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering is dedicated to basic and applied research at the intersection of engineering, human medicine, and natural science. We have recruited faculty from some of the top academic centers around the world. They collaborate across disciplines to push the envelope of biomedical research, solving some of the most pressing problems in medicine with smart engineering solutions.

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.

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