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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 777576
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Plant Biology Cns 10032114
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 successful candidate will work on an NSF-funded project to connect sequences to functions within and between species. The specific goals of the project are to 1) use computational modeling to predict the functions of cis-elements and genes based on features such as DNA sequence, methylation, and expression and 2) perform experimental studies to validate the computational predictions. The duties will include collecting and compiling feature data from the literature and/or data repositories, performing validation experiments in the model plants Arabidopsis thaliana and tomato, and participating in the development of machine learning prediction models. This position offers a unique opportunity to interact with both computational scientists and experimental biologists, gain experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students, participate in career development workshops and related events on campus, and disseminate findings in national meetings and in public outreach events.

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 -Cellular or molecular biology, plant bio

Minimum Requirements

  • Experience with molecular cloning techniques and generating transgenic plants
  • Experience using the CRISPR/Cas9 system is highly desired
  • An interest in applying computational approaches to address biological questions (programming experience is not required)

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organization, collaboration, and interpersonal skills

Required Application Materials

  • A letter of intent explaining why the candidate is suitable for the position
  • CV with information about educational background, publications, teaching experience, awards and/or grants, outreach experience, contact information for at least three referees, and any other information the candidate finds relevant.

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Special Instructions

The appointment is for one year with possible extension dependent on performance. To apply, please email, as a single PDF file, a two-page letter-of-intent outlining your research interests, career goals, and fit with the position, and a CV including the names of three referees to Melissa Lehti-Shiu (

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