Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife invites applications from outstanding candidates for a Research Associate/Postdoctoral position in the area of fish health and disease. This position is located in East Lansing, MI, on Michigan State University’s campus, in the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory (MSU-AAHL). The selectee will conduct research on microbial fish pathogens impacting Great Lakes fishes using a combination of clinical, in vitro microbiological culture, in vivo experimental challenge, and molecular biological techniques.

The selectee in this position will study and investigate important microbial pathogens of Great Lakes fishes. A component of the position will involve ongoing collaborative fish health research between the MSU-AAHL and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division.  Some important objectives in this position include: 1) pathogen detection/characterization, particularly those affecting fish species found in the Great Lakes region; 2) collaborations in designing and implementing hypothesis-based research projects; 3) outreach and engagement with state agency, field, and hatchery fisheries professionals; 4) data analysis, interpretation, and writing/submission of scientific proposals and manuscripts; and 5) joining and integrating with the MSU-AAHL team. There are multiple research programs ongoing in the lab that tie in with this position and will provide an opportunity for additional collaboration. The candidate will also have the opportunity to develop new projects which complement our ongoing work, assist in the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students in the lab, and interact with an international network of collaborators.

The applicant will have access to fully developed fish health and disease laboratory space.

Required Degree

Doctorate -in a subject(s) related to aquatic anima

Minimum Requirements
  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Fish Health/Disease or a related field and research experience in fish health or related fields. The Ph.D. must have been completed prior to employment.
  • The candidate must have substantial experience with in vitro microbiological culture, identification and characterization of fish-pathogenic microbes, the development and optimization of in vivo experimental challenge models, and molecular biological techniques. 
  • Strong organizational, communication, and writing skills are a must.
Desired Qualifications

Experience with fish-pathogenic microbes, tissue culture, fish health diagnostics, strong computational skills, and a publication record are highly desirable.

Required Application Materials

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

Summary of Health Risks

Health Risk:

Small quantities/low exposures of 10% formalin in a fume hood.

Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was established in 1950 with faculty drawn from several different units. Since that time, both the faculty and the issues of importance in fisheries and wildlife have changed significantly. Our Mission, Vision, and Values build on our core strengths and prepare us for continuing change in societal needs, scientific understanding, and educational priorities.

Diversity and Inclusion: We believe a diverse, inclusive working and learning environment enriches the department and fosters innovation in teaching, research, and engagement with partners and the public.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.




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