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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 803375
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Integrative Biology 10032920
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Meek lab has a long-running program aimed at understanding life history trait variation, population health and sustainability, and conservation biology of Central Valley Chinook salmon. Check out the website ( to see examples of these projects. We have an invaluable 30+ year database of trait data combined with genomic data to understand outmigration patterns in juvenile Chinook salmon. Additionally, the Meek lab is funded to continue this work, as new data are being collected. The post-doc will have the ability to develop their own questions using this database. This position can be primarily remote, but may have requirements for spending weeks in the lab to conduct lab work.

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 -PhD in ecology, evolution, genetics, bioinformatics, or related fields.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, evolution, genetics, bioinformatics, or related fields. We are looking for a creative and talented scientist with a good publication record and excellent organizational and communication skills. Experience working with genomic data is essential and familiarity with one or several programming languages is preferred.

Required Application Materials

Please feel free to email (, with “Post-doctoral position” in the subject line, before applying to ask questions. Required application material:


1) Brief cover letter describing research interests and motivation

2) CV

3) Names and email addresses for 3 references

4) 2-3 published papers or manuscripts in preparation

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

Please look at our website ( to get a more complete picture of the work we do. We are a very interactive lab and are looking for excellent scientists, who care about conservation, and are good collaborators. The successful candidates can expect to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts based on the research described here. The Meek lab strives to be a safe space and support diversity in STEM.


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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

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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