Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University are seeking a qualified PhD candidate for a Research Associate (postdoctoral fellow) position in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Knickmeyer.  Dr. Knickmeyer’s research program is focused on identifying genes and molecular pathways influencing early brain development through the integration of neuroimaging with cutting-edge techniques in genomics, metagenomics, and analytical chemistry.

We seek candidates with a strong research background to lead new projects related to the development of the microbiome-gut-brain axis.  Studies will utilize gnotobiotic mice, human clinical samples, neuroimaging, and neurobehavioral techniques to understand how microbes contribute to risk for anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum conditions.  The candidate will have the opportunity to develop innovative projects, which complement our ongoing work, present data at national and international meetings, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab, and develop new skills to advance his or her career.

This position is a 12 month fixed term appointment.  Renewal of position is based on funding and performance.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until filled.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD and research experience in psychology, neuroscience, animal behavior, biology or related fields.  Substantial experience working with animal (mouse) models is required.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with gnotobiotic models, animal surgeries, histology, and neuroimaging and behavioral testing or rodents is highly desirable, as is a strong publication record.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, CV and three names and contact information of references, and, if applicable, a peer-review publication.

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Summary of Health Risks

-Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.

-Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


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Posted: 9/12/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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