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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, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

Two postdoctoral positions at Soilborne Pathology and Ecology Lab (Rojas Lab) at MSU are available. Candidates will research fungal and oomycete pathogens in horticultural and agronomic crops using omics and applied approaches. Projects aim to understand the genetic diversity and interaction of fungal species affecting crops of economic importance and the research will advance understanding of the biology of pathogens leveraging different omic tools. 

Responsibilities will also include:

  • Coordinating laboratory/greenhouse/field experiments
  • Assisting in planning and designing experiments
  • Conducting experiments
  • Analyzing data,
  • Other assigned duties

 Additionally, depending on the interests of the postdoc, they may further collaborate with other team members to:

(A) use pathogen population genetics to explore potential eco-evolutionary feedbacks,

(B) use high-throughput sequencing to explore potential feedbacks between disease and the host microbiome, or

(C) design and conduct other research that supports project goals and the postdoc’s interests.

The postdoc will also have the opportunity to receive training in scientific communication and to participate in outreach and education programs supporting the program’s broader impacts. The postdoc will receive mentoring and support to achieve their career goals, whatever those may be.

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 -Plant Pathology, Microbiology, or Related

Minimum Requirements

PhD in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, or Related Field

Required Application Materials

  • CV
  • Cover Letter 

Special Instructions

For more information about the position please reach out to Dr. Rojas (

Review of Applications Begins On


Summary of Physical Demands

Lifting up to 40lb of the following from floor to 1m in height  (1 -2  hour average) 

  • Seed and chemical containers

Carrying up to 10lb of the following a distance of 20 feet (1 - 2 hour average)

  • Seed and chemical containers

Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


MSU Statement

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