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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 759921
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Civil And Environmental Engineering 10016148
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

A full-time postdoctoral Research Associate position in environmental sustainability is available in the group of Dr. Alison Cupples in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Cupples research seeks to develop bioremediation approaches to address groundwater contamination.

The ideal applicant will have expertise with analytical methods (e.g. GC), molecular methods, bioinformatic analyses and pipelines and R programming. Experience in statistical approaches for analyzing complex molecular datasets is desirable. The candidate will be expected to assist in the training and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students and writing research proposals. More information on current and previous research activities is available on her website:

Dr. Cupples will work closely with the successful candidate in a collaborative lab environment to develop the project and help the trainee achieve their career goals. The appointment will initially be for one year.

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 -Environmental Microbiology

Minimum Requirements

  • Has a PhD degree in microbiology or environmental engineering with a solid understanding of bioinformatics and molecular biology tools
  • A strong track record of refereed journal publications
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Expertise with analytical methods (e.g. GC), molecular methods, bioinformatic analyses and pipelines and R programming.
  • Ability to supervise graduate and undergraduate researchers.

Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit:

  • a research statement
  • a CV
  • three references with contact information
  • one most relevant sample publication

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 full consideration, applications should be received before March 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis thereafter until position is filled.

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Summary of Health Risks

Must work with hazardous chemicals in the safety of a fume hood.


Department Statement

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is adjacent to the city of East Lansing and the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 470,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The MSU Civil and Environmental Engineering is committed to amplifying perspectives and stories by underrepresented and oppressed communities through engineering foundations and creating an inclusive environment for meaningful dialogue about ideas leading to solutions. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at  

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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