Research Associate-Fixed Term

Job description

Job no: 702179
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Great Lakes Bioenergy Researc Ctr Vprgs 10059425
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union
Position Summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at Michigan State University. The GLBRC is one of four national Bioenergy Research Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, with MSU as a principle partner. The successful candidate will join a diverse and highly collaborative research team and will enjoy the benefits of working in a multi-institution research center.

The position will be in the GLBRC research lab of Eric Hegg. Additional information about the Hegg Lab can be found at Individuals with exceptional experience in this field may be eligible for promotion to Senior Research Associate after one year in the position.

The project will focus on probing the enzymatic mechanism of nitrous oxide (N2O) biosynthesis by soil enzymes and using this information to develop strategies to alter activity and N2O release. N2O is a key part of the global nitrogen cycle and also a potent greenhouse gas that is released from agricultural lands. Understanding N2O biosynthesis and mitigating its release is therefore for critical environmental importance.

The primary duties of this position will include cloning, enzyme overexpression and purification of both natural and engineered variants, performing enzyme activity assays, analysis of the isotopic composition of nitrous oxide by both mass spectrometric and spectrophotometric techniques, coordinating activities with team members and GLBRC leadership, and generating progress reports and publications.

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field

Minimum Requirements
  • Doctorate degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field
  • Experience in enzyme expression, purification, and characterization
  • Ability to conduct and perform collaborative research and effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues
  • Ability to perform independent, creative, and high-quality research
  • Ability to organize and present reports to collaborators and sponsors
  • Experience and skill in preparing research publications
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in stable isotope analysis, and enzyme kinetics and spectroscopy
  • Required Application Materials

    Please provide a cover letter summarizing research experience and interests, a current CV, and contact information for three individuals who can serve as references.

    Special Instructions

    Additional information about the Hegg Lab can be found at


    Department Statement

    The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. With Michigan State University and other partners, we are developing sustainable biofuels and bioproducts made from dedicated energy crops grown on marginal lands. Our mission is simple: creating biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

    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: May 5, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: May 19, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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    Job No:
    Posted: 5/7/2021
    Application Due: 5/19/2021
    Work Type: Full Time