Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 732819
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Plant Research Laboratory Nat Science 10032674
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

There is postdoctoral position available in the Walker Lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University under a 4-year NSF Award. This postdoc is part of ongoing efforts to optimize the response of plants to elevated temperature by characterizing and modeling the fundamental biochemistry of processes important for photosynthesis using the principles of synthetic and systems biology. The ideal candidate needs strong experience cloning, expressing, purifying and characterizing recombinant proteins using molecular and biochemical approaches. Experience with biochemical modeling at any level would be helpful, but is not required. Experience with plants is not necessary and this would be a great project for a molecular biologist wanting to expand into plant science, or for a plant scientist with relevant skills to deepen their understanding of photorespiration and photosynthesis. The Walker lab provides a positive environment and is a fantastic place to build a career…our goal is to help you land the job of your dreams.

The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University has many shared resources for postdocs to develop into leading academic and industry scientists including weekly seminar series with a focus on project and career development and a postdoc group with monthly meetings.

The position is available immediately and for one year from date of hire with the possibility of extension.

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 -Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Sciences or related field

Minimum Requirements

Experience cloning, expressing, purifying and characterizing multiple proteins of interest and a clear vision of how this position is the right next step of your career. A publication record.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in modeling metabolic pathways using systems of ordinary differential equations is helpful, but not required

Required Application Materials

Interested applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae with a description of scientific interests, career goals and the names of at least 2 referees.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. For additional questions please contact Dr. Berkley Walker ([email protected]).

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Advertised: Sep 20, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Sep 20, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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