Assistant Professor-Tenure System

East Lansing MI, MI
Sep 11, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

The Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure system Assistant Professor position from individuals studying fundamental problems in plant biology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, Plant Physiology, Cell Biology, Development, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology and Genetics. We seek candidates who show exceptional promise for addressing compelling research questions about plant functional mechanisms.  MSU is world-renowned for fundamental and applied plant research and the Department of Plant Biology includes vibrant research programs in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, metabolism, plant-microbe interactions, genomics, systematics, evolutionary biology and ecology. In addition to developing an excellent, externally funded research program, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute high-quality teaching and service/outreach.

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than160 years. A member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer andis committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusiveculture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. TheUniversity actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees' work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Potential to develop an excellent, externally funded research program. Ability to contribute to high-quality teaching and service/outreach.

Required Application Materials

To apply, individuals should send a single PDF document containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research accomplishments and future research plans, and a 1-page description of teaching philosophy and goals, and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to

Candidates must also submit their applications through the MSU Human Resources site at (posting 455736).

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 16, 2017 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Professor Katherine Osteryoung, search chair, at

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