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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 791586
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

This long-term agricultural microbiome research project is aimed at characterizing leaf, stem and root microbiomes of crops in a wheat-maize-soy rotation under three production systems: conventional, organic, and no-till. Through this project we are generating a long-term longitudinal dataset on fungal, bacterial and oomycete communities. The research  associate will use these data to assess microbiome dynamics specific to plant tissues, growth stages, management regimes, crops and time. Hypotheses will be tested through experimental constructed microbial community studies using isolates in a culture library obtained from the KBS research sites. Timely interpretation of data, presentation, and publication of data is expected.

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 -Microbiology, Genetics or related field

Minimum Requirements

Experience with next-generation sequence analysis is essential. PhD in Microbiology, Genetics or related field completed within the last 2 years.

Desired Qualifications

Competitive candidates will have training in bioinformatics, microbiology, molecular biology, and 'omics technology. Experience in conducting field work and/or greenhouse work with plant- or soil- associated microbiomes (fungi and bacteria) is required. Strong quantitative skills in bioinformatics and statistics are expected. A strong work ethic with excellent interpersonal skills, strong quantitative, written, verbal communication skills, and a publication record commensurate with time since degree completion are preferred. The research associate will be located on the Michigan State campus (East Lansing), but will need to travel to the Kellogg Biological Station for field work.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter


3 Professional References

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