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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Michigan State University
East Lansing

Job Details

Job no: 685391
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Cns 10032098
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%)
Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Position Summary

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan seeks applicants for a position at any rank, but particular consideration will be given to tenured candidates at the Associate Professor level or higher in Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics. The successful candidate will carry out independent, innovative research in the application of mass spectrometry to biological systems and will also direct the world-renowned Research Technology Support Facility (RTSF) Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Core ( The MSU Core is a 2800 ft2 facility with 13 mass spectrometers and 3 full time staff that have led the world in the analysis of small molecules and complex chemical mixtures since its establishment in 1973. The Core serves as an open-access laboratory supporting the research of about 150 groups each year.

MSU offers a vibrant, collegial, and collaborative environment with strengths in metabolic biochemistry research and a history of leadership in mass spectrometry.

The university seeks applicants eager to lead research that complements its initiatives in biomedicine, plant sciences, and environmental sciences. Outstanding opportunities for collaboration are available with researchers in the MSU Colleges of Human Medicine, Natural Science, Osteopathic Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, the DOE-Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan AgBioResearch, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, the Institutes for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ), Integrative Toxicology and Plant Resilience, and institutions in the Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor/Detroit metro areas.

Academic interests of candidates can be broad but should include a focus on advancing metabolomics methods and their application to biology. The candidate is expected to have an established independent research program with a track record of high-level publications and external support, interest in or experience with managing mass spectrometry instruments and core staff, and extensive evidence of collaboration through mass spectrometry. Commitments to teaching (undergraduates, graduate students in biochemistry or related fields, and/or professional students in human or veterinary medicine), and to promotion of diversity and inclusion are expected. A generous startup package and modern laboratory space will be provided to help maintain an independent research program, secure extramural funding and advance the scientific and programmatic aims of the Core.

About East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University, a land-grant institution with more than 50,000 students, is located in East Lansing, MI. East Lansing is a vibrant college town and is ranked one of "Top 100 Best Places to Live". It is also conveniently located close to the state’s capital, the city of Lansing, and its international airport. MSU lies in a region rich in natural beauty with the opportunity for many outdoor activities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field

Minimum Requirements

PhD in Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field, demonstrated independent research program with federal funding.

Desired Qualifications

Academic experience at or equivalent to the level of a U.S. Associate Professor, experience with mass spectrometry and instrument management, strong publication record, experience in teaching and contributions to increasing diversity in STEM fields.

Required Application Materials
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae, including past and current funding
  • A vision of the RTSF core’s operation and research goals (2 pages)
  • A description of the applicant’s future research goals (3-page limit)
  • A teaching statement (1 page)
  • A statement of experience with increasing diversity and inclusion (1 page)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin February 1st, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

    Additional information can be obtained from the executive assistant to the search committee at

    Review of Applications Begins On



    Department Statement

    MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and we endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions ( MSU is also committed to supporting faculty with work/life balance (

    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.

    Advertised: Dec 18, 2020 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Dec 18, 2022 Eastern Standard Time


    Working at Michigan State University 

    Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

    Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

    We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

    We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

    The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

    Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

    In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

    Top Distinctions

    U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

    • 29th among the nation’s public universities
    • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
    • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
    • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

    Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

    Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

    Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

    Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

    Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

    Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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