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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

Position Summary

The Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences is accepting applications for a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow) to implement genomic prediction in the MSU Dry Bean Breeding and Genetics Program for seed yield and canning quality. As a Research Associate, you will play an important role in finding more efficient and effective methods to breed dry beans, including testing and developing pipelines for genomic prediction, phenomic prediction, and participatory variety evaluation with farmers and canning industry stakeholders. Key Responsibilities. Participate in all stages of the dry bean breeding process. Conduct DNA extractions, analyze agronomic, canning, and genomic data, genomic and phenomic prediction statistical modeling, present data in oral and written form and in peer reviewed publications.

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 Breeding and Genetics or related

Minimum Requirements

PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics or related field

Desired Qualifications

Experience with genomic prediction methods, quantitative genetics, breeding methods, genotyping, statistical analysis, working with large datasets.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter


Special Instructions

Please direct questions to Karen Cichy(

Review of Applications Begins On


Summary of Physical Demands

Lifting up to 25lb of the following from floor/waist height (1 hour per day for 20 days out of the year)

  • Boxes of seed at Harvest
  • Potting Soil

Carrying up to 25lb of the following a distance of 10 feet (1 hour per day for 20 days out of the year)

  • Boxes of seed at Harvest
  • Potting Soil


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