Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

Michigan State University is one of the top institutions for plant science research in the world. A Research Associate (postdoctoral) position is available to study transcriptional and translational regulation of abiotic stress responses in rice. 

Genes in rice, like the genes in all grasses, have a bimodal GC distribution and a significant 5' to 3' GC gradient unlike the genes of most other plant species. High gene GC content and strong negative 5' to 3' gradients in grasses strongly affect codon usage bias and have been shown to affect rates of transcription and translation.

This position will examine the nature of gene GC-structure on transcriptional and translational responses to abiotic stress in rice. 

MSU provides competitive salary and excellent benefits for the position.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biology, Plant Breeding, Genetics

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have:

  • Demonstrated molecular biology experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail

The candidates must be strong molecular biologists, but will be required to perform all bioinformatics analyses as well.

Existing bioinformatics skills are desired, but the ability to learn scripting and bioinformatics techniques is required.

Desired Qualifications

A background in stress or general plant physiology will be beneficial.

Required Application Materials

Applicants must supply a cover letter describing research accomplishments and interests, a current CV, and names and contact information for three references. References will be contacted only if the department requests.

The application package should be submitted through  

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on April 11, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. 




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Posted: 3/28/2018
Application Due: 4/17/2018
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