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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 718145
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences 10046518
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Veterinary/Animal Care, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Abuelo Lab in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate. The lab focuses on the interplay between nutrition, metabolism, and immune function in periparturient dairy cattle and neonatal calves with the goal identifying and testing mechanisms that enhance immunity in these animals to increase their resistance to infectious diseases. The methods employed to achieve these goals combine mechanistic studies using cells or tissues with epidemiological studies in the commercial farms. The research is funded by federal and state agencies as well as industry.

Duties for this position will include working on research projects, supervising students in the laboratory and the field, preparing manuscripts, and collaborating in grant proposal development in the area of cattle immunometabolism. The successful candidate will dedicate the majority of their time to assigned research projects (75%), with a (10%) time commitment supervising students, laboratory oversight, and teaching as opportunities arise. The remaining time of the position (15%) will be devoted to assisting and preparing extramural grant applications and preparing manuscripts and scientific review papers.

The initial appointment is for one year, with further appointments contingent on funding and performance.

CVM Core Value of Diversity

We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided opportunity to flourish and open doors in their pursuit of excellence. We encourage and welcome our community to share ideas with us surrounding opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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 -Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, or related field.

Minimum Requirements

- PhD in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine or related field.
- Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
- Driver's license

Desired Qualifications

-Highly self-motivated, excellent organizational and project management skills.
-Experience using statistical analysis software.
-Successful record of collaborative research projects and report/manuscript writing.
-Attention to detail is critical, as is a sense of humor, the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, adhere to deadlines, maintain high ethical research standards, accept constructive criticism, and succeed in a team-oriented environment.
-Must be eager and willing to learn, ask questions, and make suggestions for how to improve the lab.

Required Application Materials

The interested applicant should submit:

(1) Cover letter detailing the applicant’s research interests and career development goals

(2) Curriculum Vitae

(3) Names and contact information for three references


Special Instructions

Applications from BIPOC and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged. The Abuelo Lab is committed to building a team that represents multiple backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The position is open until filled. Applications must be submitted electronically using the MSU online portal.

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Summary of Physical Demands

Physical work associated with handling cattle during experiments. Physical requirements of laboratory work.

Summary of Health Risks

Work with animals and unfixed animal tissue. 


Department Statement

The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (LCS) is educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and providing the finest clinical services available.

Our diverse faculty focuses on areas ranging from dairy, food animal, and specialized equine services to intensive research and student training. They work closely with students pursuing DVM degrees, veterinarians in internship and residency programs, and MS and PhD students. Learning to better understand, diagnose, and treat disease takes place in some of the most advanced facilities and laboratories. Faculty and students work together to find new solutions and put them into practice for a better world.

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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