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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 807700
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Kellogg Biological Station Nat. Sci. 10032500
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 50637.00-55000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Hickory Corners
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

NSF-funded postdoctoral position in evolutionary genetics and genomics available immediately in the Conner lab at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station. The lab studies mechanisms of adaptation by integrating genetics, genomics, ecology and evolution in the field, greenhouse, and growth chamber, using wild radish and Arabidopsis as model organisms. This project addresses the interaction of selection, pleiotropy, and drift in phenotypic evolution using parallel latitudinal and altitudinal clines in trait loss in Arabidopsis. The postdoc would lead this work, which integrates extensive field work using near-isogenic lines and phenotypic manipulation in Italy, Spain, and Sweden, genomic tests of selection vs. drift, growth chamber common gardens, and lab identification of genes causing trait loss. Substantial publication and grant-writing opportunities available. Experience with, or a strong interest in, bioinformatics, molecular genetics, and field research necessary. While partial remote work is an option (request in cover letter), the position includes field and/or laboratory work, so cannot be fully remote. The successful candidate will be appointed for one year initially with expectation for renewal based on acceptable performance. This NSF-funded project has four years of funding available.  Contact Jeff Conner ( with questions.

*Apply by 9/19/22 for full consideration, but applications can be accepted after this date, into fall. Inquire via email if you are unsure whether applications are still being accepted.

The Conner Lab, Kellogg Biological Station, and Michigan State University are all committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

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 -Biological Sciences or Related Field

Minimum Requirements

PhD in Biological Sciences or related field and have strong oral and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualification include:

  • Experience with, or a strong interest in, bioinformatics, molecular genetics, and field research
  • Experience with project management or coordination
  • International research experience not required, but previous experience could benefit the successful candidate

Required Application Materials

1. CV, 2. Cover Letter, 3. Names and contact information for 3 references. 

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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

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