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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 ($50,637-$60,000)
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Sakalidis, McCullough and Cregg Labs at Michigan State University are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for a project focusing on oak wilt management and options to reduce collateral damage that is funded through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP). The Research Associate will oversee implementation and evaluation of tactics designed to mitigate impacts of oak wilt infection on surrounding oaks, the loss of healthy oak trees, and the cost of oak wilt treatments. This project seeks to further our understanding of how prophylactic and post-infection treatments affect oak xylem anatomy and to assess inoculum dosage in relation to the likelihood of disease development. The position will entail overnight stays, extensive field work and some laboratory work. The position will also work with the PI’s and assist with the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students

The position is available immediately, but the incumbent must be able to start by February-March 2023. The fixed term appointment will be initially for one year with the possibility of renewal based on continuation of funding.

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 -Forestry, Plant/Tree Physiology/Patholog

Minimum Requirements

A highly dedicated and qualified individual with a doctoral degree in Forestry, Plant or Tree Physiology, Plant Pathology, Entomology, or a closely related field. Experience with field work involving trees or forest stands, GPS and data analysis is required.

Desired Qualifications

Previous experience with chainsaws and GIS is preferred. Experience with fungicides and/or plant growth regulators, advanced microscopy, wood microscopy and tissue staining techniques, and work with fungi is desirable. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team are essential. Must be able to perform experiments independently in the lab, conduct field work under sometimes challenging conditions, and write scientific publications and other documents.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter with a summary of background, research interests and career goals;

Curriculum Vitae

Contact information and details of three 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:

Special Instructions

Contact Dr. Monique Sakalidis ( for additional information

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Summary of Physical Demands

Lifting the following for 3-4 hours   while in field approximately 15 - 25lbs 

  • Chainsaw
  • Wood cookie/samples
  • Field Back Pack

Carrying the following for 3-4 hours up to a mile while in the filed approximately 15-25lbs

  • Chainsaw
  • Wood cookie/samples
  • Field Back Pack

Summary of Health Risks

Handle fungicides and laboratory chemicals

MSU Statement

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