Research Associate-Fixed Term

East Lansing MI
Feb 26, 2018
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Research Associate - Fixed Term

Position Summary

The biological control laboratory of Dr. Szucs at Michigan State University at the Department of Entomology invites applications for a Research Associate (postdoctoral) position studying contemporary adaptation and evolution of insect parasitoids in response to changing biotic and abiotic conditions.

The aim of the research is to improve biological control programs that use parasitoids and to better understand the potential of insects for rapid evolutionary responses in general. The research will involve both field and laboratory components, and if the successful candidate is interested and qualified there may be opportunities to combine laboratory experiments with quantitative genetic and genomics approaches.  Collaborators on the project include Dr's. Larry Gut and Matt Grieshop from Michigan State University. 

The work will involve field collection of parasitoids and their hosts that may require climbing smaller trees or ladders.

The initial appointment is for one year with potential for renewal for an additional 1.5 years.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Evol. biology, entomology, ecology or rf

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, entomology, ecology or related field and a successful publication record. Field collections will take place across Michigan and possibly in other states, thus candidates must possess a valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

Desirable qualifications include:

  • Experience conducting research on experimental evolution
  • Working with insect host-parasite systems
  • Expertise in statistical analysis
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Interest in mentoring undergraduate research

Experience working with hymenopteran parasitoids is desired, but applicants with a strong evolutionary background who are willing to learn identification and handling of parasitoids will be considered as well.

Required Application Materials

Candidates should submit a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, including a statement of your interest or experience in fostering an inclusive environment, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references and two representative publications.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on March 12, 2018 and continue until filled.

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