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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Plant Research Laboratory Nat Science 10032674
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

This position will use advanced metabolic flux analysis, physiological, and biochemical approaches to study the metabolism of plants during growth-defense trade-offs. This position will be based in the lab of Berkley Walker but be co-advised with Gregg Howe. The postdoc will use our unique isotope labeling approach and gas exchange instruments to investigate metabolic fluxes during growth-defense transitions. This position is ideal for an individual with a background in plant-insect interactions and a desire to gain experience in central metabolism and photosynthesis, or visa-versa. The project will be performed in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory starting March 1st for an initial one-year appointment, with possibility of extensions.

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 -Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology

Minimum Requirements

Experience in GC-MS and/or LC-MS/MS metabolomic approaches and methods development AND/OR experience with plant responses to biotic stresses such as insect herbivory.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal applicant would have additional experience in gas exchange measurements. Comfort with Matlab and knowledge of plant-biotic interactions would also be beneficial.

Required Application Materials

Interested applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae with a description of scientific interests and the names of at least 2 referees.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. For additional questions please contact Berkley Walker (

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