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Research Technologist I

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Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 08
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
Sub Area: CT- Clerical Tech.
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Clerical Technical- CT, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

The Rhee Lab is seeking applications from talented college graduates for a 2-3 year research support position. This position is ideal for post-bachelor degree recipients who want to enter a career in research. The Rhee Lab’s aim is to uncover the molecular mechanisms of plant adaptation to environmental stresses. Our studies are diverse, ranging from computational modeling of metabolic networks to characterization of novel plant genes with no similarity to any known genes. We work with several organisms (including grasses, cover crops, and desert plants), but much of the lab’s work centers around the model Arabidopsis thaliana. The Rhee Lab recently embarked on characterizing novel proteins and understanding the process of seed dehydration and rehydration, in which the successful applicant would be a key member.

The Rhee Lab believes in the importance of mentorship and scientific storytelling. We believe synergistic interactions are the key to securing funding and publishing exciting papers. Our group is tight-knit, highly interdisciplinary, and fosters a supportive environment where trainees can grow as scientists before taking the next step in their careers.  As a member of the Rhee Lab, the successful applicant will be trained in molecular biology techniques, plant-specific transformation techniques, microscopy and computational tools. Additionally the applicant will work closely with several lab members, with opportunities to participate in grant writing, publications, reports and presentations. The successful applicant will also be responsible for some lab management and maintenance duties. As a full-time member of the Rhee Lab, the applicant will meet with Dr. Sue Rhee regularly in a 1-on-1 setting to discuss progress, set targets and receive feedback.  They will also contribute to the development, coordination, and execution of outreach activities for K-12, undergraduate, and public audiences. The Rhee Lab is a major contributor to Water and Life Interface Institute (WALII), Plant Resilience Institute (PRI), Plant Cell Atlas (PCA), and Plant Metabolic Network (PMN) outreach initiatives.

We are looking for a highly motivated and organized senior student or recent graduate with a BS/BA in biology, biochemistry, or related fields. This position is particularly relevant for students seeking more laboratory research experience before applying to graduate school. Experience in molecular biology or biochemistry is highly desirable, but no previous plant biology experience is needed. Applicants must be motivated to deliver quality work, pay attention to details, have the ability to think critically to solve problems, have excellent communication skills and a team-driven mindset.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in the specific field of research employment or other related field; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in basic research techniques in the specific or related field; word processing, spreadsheet; database and/or desktop publishing software; presentation software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The job may require the appropriate pesticide applicator's registration/certification and/or experience working with potentially dangerous research animals.

Desired Qualifications

Highly motivated and organized senior student or recent graduate with a BS/BA in biology, biochemistry, or related fields.

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 Application Materials

Cover Letter


Names and Contact Information for 3 Professional References

Special Instructions

For specific questions regarding the positions please send questions to Dr. Sue Rhee (

To attract as many interested applicants as possible, there will be multiple opportunities to apply to this position on https:// ,to keep updated on the windows of opportunity to apply, please inquire with the PSM HR Team (

Work Hours


Description of End Date

This is a limited term position funded for one year from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.


Bidding eligibility ends on 5/14/2024 at 11:55 PM

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