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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Biosystems And Agricultural Engineering 10002038
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

A Research Associate (Postdoctoral researcher) position is available in the lab of Dr. Dawn Reinhold in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department (BAE). The Reinhold Laboratory studies the fate of pollutants in plant-based ecosystems and the associated design of ecological treatment systems for water pollution.  The Research Associate will work on a project examining the role of exudates in mediating the duckweed microbiome when duckweed is exposed to antibiotics and ammonium. 

Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Performing laboratory work, including plant culture, microbial culture, and sample analysis.  Sample analysis will include metabolomic analysis by mass spectrometry and potential microbial community analysis.  Standard preparation and analysis of samples by mass spectrometry (non-metabolomic) will be required. 
  • Data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Operating and maintaining scientific instruments.
  • Maintaining lab notebook and protocols
  • Mentoring one graduate student and up to two undergraduate students.

The successful candidate will be expected to stay current on relevant literature related to the research projects and write manuscripts and funding applications such as fellowships.

The Reinhold Lab was largely inactive during COVID, so there will be a period of laboratory start-up during the appointment. 

This is a 9 month position.

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


Minimum Requirements

Doctorate in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, or a related engineering discipline. Experience with mass spectrometry and sterile culture work.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with metabolomics, genomics, sterile plant culture, and microbial culture.

Required Application Materials

  1. Detailed Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Names and contact of at least three references


Special Instructions

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Reinhold at


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Summary of Health Risks

Radiolabeled chemicals, solvents, acids/bases, perchloric acid


Department Statement

The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at MSU is a national leader in education, research, and outreach. The department has been fully engaged in meeting the changing needs of society since 1906. Today, the department's mission is to improve quality of life by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology to systems involving food, environment, energy, and health.

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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