Assistant Professor-Tenure System

East Lansing MI, MI
Sep 28, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

The Department of Plant Biology in collaboration with the newly created Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position from individuals using physiological approaches to study fundamental problems in plant resilience to environmental conditions.

This position is part of MSU’s Global Impact Initiative, designed to address the grand challenges through the creation of over 100 new faculty positions in some of the most promising and exciting fields of research. MSU has a world-class plant science community and support infrastructure comprising more than 150 faculty members conducting a wide range of plant research spanning the lab-to-field continuum in both natural and agricultural ecosystems.

The mission of the Plant Resilience Institute (PRI) is to conduct basic laboratory and field research on plant resilience with the goal of improving the productivity and nutritional quality of agricultural and horticultural crops.  Research programs center on mechanisms that enhance plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses associated with changing environmental conditions. The PRI is an interdisciplinary cross-departmental program, with PRI members belonging to a range of home departments.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

For this position we are seeking candidates who show exceptional promise to develop an internationally recognized research program that is externally funded and addresses compelling research questions relevant to plant resilience. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level and actively participate in professional service activities. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments. 

  Desired Qualifications

We seek applicants addressing compelling research questions within the broad area of ecophysiology, including studies from the whole-plant to the ecosystem scale. These questions should focus on plant resilience to abiotic or biotic stresses including, but not limited to, temperature extremes, drought, flooding, nutrient stress, and biotic interactions. The Department of Plant Biology includes vibrant research programs in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, metabolism, plant-microbe interactions, genomics, computational biology, systematics, evolutionary biology and ecology.

  Required Application Materials
  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Research Accomplishments & Future Objectives
  • Description of Teaching Philosophy
Special Instructions

To apply, individuals should send a single PDF document containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research accomplishments and future objectives, and a brief description of teaching philosophy and goals to (posting #468542).  Individuals should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Professor Jeffrey Conner, search chair, at


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