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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Microbiology, Genetics, Immunology Cns 10032586
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

The Department of Microbiology, Genetics, & Immunology (MGI) at Michigan State University ( is seeking two instructors to serve as team members for teaching our core microbiology-related lab and lecture courses, specifically Introductory and Advanced Microbiology Laboratory courses, as well as other microbiology-related lab and lecture courses. These are full-time, 9-month fixed-term (non-tenure track) academic year appointments, renewable annually based on funding and performance. Initially, the successful candidate will work directly with a primary faculty member to guide a diverse population of undergraduates with their assigned individual and collaborative group laboratory activities, as well as to deliver course content, manage course-associated online learning platforms, develop assessment tools, and grade student work. Future advancement opportunities may include becoming the primary instructor for the Introductory Microbiology Laboratory course. 

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


Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • MS degree (minimum) in Microbiology, Biology, or a closely related discipline. 

  • Demonstration of teaching potential through prior experience as a teaching assistant or instructor. education-related professional development or training, or service as laboratory supervisor. 

  • Commitment to or experience with advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion by cultivating equitable and inclusive learning environments for a diverse group of learners.  

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team. 

  • Commitment to professional development.  

Desired Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Microbiology, Biology, or a closely related discipline. 

  • Experience with teaching introductory microbiology or general biology laboratory courses. 

  • Experience in research utilizing microbiology-or biology-related techniques. 

  • Teaching or assisting with microbiology-or biology-related undergraduate lecture and/or hybrid courses. 

  • Experience using online learning management systems, such as D2L. 

  • Management of graduate TAs and/or undergraduate learning assistants.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a letter of application (no more than 5 pages) that describes your interest in this position, along with responses to the following questions:  

  • How have your educational background and experiences prepared you to contribute to teaching introductory and advanced microbiology laboratory courses? 

  • How will you contribute to the MGI mission of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in these hands-on, interactive courses?  

  • How have your past experiences working in collaborative groups prepared you to be part of the MGI teaching team? 

  • What training or experiences have positively impacted your professional development as an educator?  


We also request a CV and contact information for three references, who will be contacted if invited for a final interview. Application materials should be uploaded as a single PDF file to

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin one week from posting date with an ideal starting date of August 16, 2024, although a later starting date could be negotiable for the right candidate.  

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jeannine Scott ( MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence through workforce diversity in an inclusive culture.   

MSU is committed to supporting employees' work and personal life and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of faculty candidates. 

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Department Statement

The Department of Microbiology, Genetics, & Immunology at Michigan State University values diversity in our faculty, staff, and students. We will strive for a culture of equity and inclusion in our research, teaching, mentoring, outreach and other activities. To achieve our goals in research, training, education, and outreach, we need a diverse community to provide new perspectives and develop new approaches for generating and disseminating knowledge about the microbial world and the molecular genetic processes of all life on Earth.  
To promote these goals, we are committed to increasing the diversity of the department’s faculty, staff, and students to better reflect the populations of our state and our nation. We are dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment where all can be nurtured for sharing ideas, growing skills and advancing knowledge. We will strive for an environment that is welcoming and equitable, one that fosters inclusion and facilitates the participation of all individuals who can help advance our department’s various missions. 

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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