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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: Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences seeks two postdoctoral research associates to conduct EPA- and USDA-funded projects to study the occurrence, sorption, transport, plant uptake and risk assessment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). The research includes the studies on analysis of PFAS and PPCPs in biosolids, sorption and transport in soils, plant uptake of PFAS and PPCPs, and the associated risk assessment. The experiments will be conducted in laboratory, greenhouse, and field trial plots. Research activities include, but not limited to, analytical method development, data collection from wet chemistry experiments, data analysis, elucidation of fundamental mechanism, preparation of reports, manuscripts and proposals, and presentation of research at local, regional, and national meetings. Postdoctoral research associate will also help supervise graduate and undergraduate students, manage laboratory operation, interact with collaborators on field trials, and stakeholder and community engagement. These positions are available immediately through the grants from our recently EPA- and USDA-funded projects. The postdoctoral associate position will be appointed for one year, and be possibly renewable depending on funding status and working visa permit. A Ph.D. in soil chemistry, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering, plant science, or a related discipline is required. Experience in PFAS analysis using LC-MS/MS and analytical method development is preferred. The successful candidate should have the demonstrated ability to design experiments to test hypothesis, conduct independent research, and publish manuscript(s) in peer-reviewed journals.

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 -Soil/Environmental/Analytical Chemistry/

Minimum Requirements

 A Ph.D. in soil chemistry, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering, plant science, or a related discipline is required. Experience in PFAS analysis using LC-MS/MS and analytical method development is preferred. The successful candidate should have the demonstrated ability to design experiments to test hypothesis, conduct independent research, and publish manuscript(s) in peer-reviewed journals. 

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter

CV

3 Professional References

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

Please contact Hui Li (lihui@msu.edu) for additional questions

Review of Applications Begins On

04/26/2022

Summary of Physical Demands

Lifting up to 10lbs from Waist up to 30"

Carrying 20lb up to 100 feet

Summary of Health Risks

Exposure to organic solvents, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, pharmaceuticals

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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