Research Associate in Biology

Michigan State University

United States

Research Associate in Biology 


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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Cns 10032098
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, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

We are looking to hire a postdoctoral scholar (Research Associate) to study the effects of climate change on coral bleaching through a project funded by the National Science Foundation of the USA. This project involves study of the metabolome and microbiome of corals in Hawaii, USA during their response to thermal stress. The scholar will work on both live coral in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, including numerous field experiments and site visits, and controlled biochemical and microbiological studies of their symbiotic algae at Michigan State University. The project involves complex analysis of metabolomics data coupled with molecular biology and genetic manipulation of culturable marine algae. The goals of the project are to understand how unique lipids (betaine lipids) in symbiotic algae allow corals to resist bleaching under thermal stress. Skills required for the position are broad and include mass spectrometry, microbiology, molecular biology and genetic techniques, as well as marine biology and field sampling experience.


Detailed description of work/duties: The Research Associate will perform field experiments at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (Kaneohe Bay, HI) including sampling, experimenting, and planting live corals with the Coral Resilience lab and PI Dr. Ford Drury. At Michigan State, they will work with culturing symbiotic dinoflagellate algae, analysis of metabolomic and lipidomic responses to thermal stress using mass spectrometry and benchtop genetic manipulation experiments of biochemical pathways of interest.


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, microbiology or marine biology

Minimum Requirements

PhD in biochemistry, microbiology, algal biology or marine biology.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with mass spectrometry data generation and analysis, genetic manipulation of eukaryotic organisms, molecular biology techniques, and marine biology field sampling.


Required Application Materials

Curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of at least three references.

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.

Advertised: Jun 9, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 20, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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