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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 681423
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Institute For Quantitative Health 40001013
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) at Michigan State University is seeking a Research Associate (post doctoral researcher) in the Park Lab. The lab focuses on understanding fundamental principles that underlie tissue regeneration in a live animal by using in vivo imaging with multiphoton laser microscopy.

Regeneration is essential for multicellular life. It is a complex process that involves diverse cell types such as tissue-specific stem cells, their progeny and co-existing immune cells, but how these cell types interact to maintain homeostasis and to rebuild damaged tissue de novo has remained elusive. A major challenge to studying tissue regeneration has been the inability to visualize the cells in vivo over time. This limitation obscures insight into how individual and collective cellular behaviors, as well as interactions between distinct cell types, impact proper regeneration. To overcome this obstacle, we established a novel platform in live mammals which allows us to resolve individual epithelial cell behaviors that result in tissue-wide transformations during wound repair in the skin (Park et al. Nature Cell Biology 2017).

Our research overcomes major limitations in the field by combining novel imaging technology with genetic approaches, which allows us to capture dynamic behaviors in vivo during regeneration. Our long-term goal is to discover fundamental principles that underlie tissue regeneration in a live animal.

The Research Associate will have the opportunity to receive training on the use of cutting-edge in vivo imaging approach with transgenic mouse lines. The Research Associate will be fully engaged with the intellectual activities in the lab as well as in the institute.

The successful candidate will be an independent and highly motivated scientist, will be a collaborative member in a team environment, will have excellent experiment skills and publication record, and will have exceptional oral and written communication skills.

Application review will begin on November 23, 2020 and the position is open until filled.  This position is available immediately.

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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Molecular Biology, cell biology, medical

Minimum Requirements

PhD or equivalent degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Medical Science, or a related discipline. Candidates who have published as first author in international scientific journals are encouraged to apply.

Desired Qualifications

Previous experience in mouse work and microscopy are preferable. Candidates who have skin biology and/or immunology background are highly encouraged to apply.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of three references.

Special Instructions

For more information, please visit Park Lab homepage at

Review of Applications Begins On


Summary of Health Risks

-Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement

The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering is dedicated to basic and applied research at the intersection of engineering, human medicine, and natural science. We have recruited faculty from some of the top academic centers around the world. They collaborate across disciplines to push the envelope of biomedical research, solving some of the most pressing problems in medicine with smart engineering solutions.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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