Research Associate in Plant Biology

Michigan State University College of Natural Science

United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Plant Biology Cns 10032114
Salary: 48700.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The Farré ( and Buell ( Labs are seeking to hire a Research Associate to improve our understanding of the role of circadian control in potato. These activities are part of a NSF-funded project to functionally characterize the circadian clock in potato and to determine the genetic architecture of circadian period heterogeneity among potatoes. Ample opportunities for interactions and collaborations with physiologists, molecular biologists, bioinformaticists, genomicists, geneticists, and breeders exist that will provide broad exposure to disciplines relevant in physiology, genomics and genetics. The Farré and Buell labs provide a robust training environment for postdoctoral associates seeking careers in academia and industry and applicants interested in a dynamic, positive research experience are especially encouraged to apply. 

MSU provides competitive salary and excellent benefits for postdoctoral associates. Starting salary will be $48,700. The position is a one-year initial appointment with possible extension up to four years contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding with a desired start date of July 2020.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Doctorate – in plant molecular biology, physiology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, biology or related field.

Competitive candidate will be broadly trained in either plant molecular biology, physiology and genetics, and/or genomics, bioinformatics and biology. A research background in the plant sciences with a publication record showing productivity is preferred. Demonstrated critical assessment skills essential. 

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated leadership in research desired. Ability to communicate and demonstrate in-depth knowledge on subject matter is required, strong inter-personal and team work skills required. Proficiency in molecular biology is required.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a CV, a 1-page statement of research experience and interest, and a list of three references with contact information.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on April 30 and continue until filled. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Farre at or Dr. Buell at

Review of Applications Begins On


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: Apr 29, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Apr 28, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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