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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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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: 54840.00-70000.00 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

A post-doctoral (Research Associate) position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Adam Moeser to study regulation of neuroinflammation relevant to neurobehavioral and peripheral inflammatory conditions by mast cells. Mast cells are stress-responsive innate immune cells strategically positioned close to neurovascular and epithelial barrier sites throughout the body and are master regulators of the immune response. Successful applicants will join a diverse and highly interactive group of trainees and established scientists to lead NIH-funded research projects in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. AJ Robison (Neuroscience, Physiology Department).

The overall objectives of the research projects are to

(1) define the mechanisms by which mast cells are transcriptionally regulated by stress and

(2) define the mechanisms by which mast cells modulate neuroinflammation relevant to stress-associated neurobehavioral disorders and chronic inflammatory diseases.

Applicants must have a doctoral or equivalent degree or be in the final stages of earning such a degree. Basic skills and knowledge base include following skill sets: molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, cell culture, microscopy, and mouse genetics. Preferred skills or knowledge include Ribotag mouse technology and cell isolation, epigenetics, mast cell biology, sex hormone biology, and stem cell biology. Individuals will have the opportunity to utilize a wide range of established technologies in the lab including in Cre-Lox models, optogenetics, RNA sequencing, organ physiology, and will have access novel translational large animal models. Individuals will be encouraged to develop grant proposal writing skills and engaging in opportunities for professional development will be highly supported. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should forward inquiries, along with a CV, brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Dr. Adam Moeser, College or Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. E-mail:

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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 - molecular biology, physiology, Immunology

Minimum Requirements

PhD experience in molecular biology and(or) immunology, and experience working with rodent genetic models, biochemical techniques (Western blot, ELISA, qPCR, RNASeq etc.), cell culture, microscopy (confocal, and light) and experience in data analysis and image analysis software.

Desired Qualifications

Expertise in any of the following areas: Mast cell biology, genetic rodent models (Cre-lox, Ribotag, GCaMP).

Required Application Materials

  • CV
  • brief (1 page or less) statement of research and career interests
  • contact information for three 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

For any inquiries regarding the position, please contact Dr. Adam Moeser, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. E-mail:

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Summary of Physical Demands

Light-moderate physical effort including working at laboratory bench, manual dexterity for performing laboratory experiments and working with laboratory rodents, microscope studies, cell culture, and microscopy 26- 75% of the time.

Summary of Health Risks

Light-moderate physical effort including working at laboratory bench, manual dexterity for performing laboratory experiments and working with laboratory rodents, microscope studies, cell culture, and microscopy 26- 75% of the time.


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.

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