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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Michigan State University
East Lansing

Job Details

Job no: 806442
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Plant Biology Cns 10032114
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Position Summary

The Department of Plant Biology, jointly with the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Horticulture, and Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University invites applications from outstanding candidates for an open-rank position in the broad area of plant developmental biology.

With our desire to further diversify our community, we particularly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. Special consideration will be given to candidates with research foci that connect multiple scales of biological organization in an agricultural and/or natural system, address basic and/or applied grand-challenge problems in plant sciences, and employ state-of-the-art interdisciplinary approaches. This position will be appointed in the Department of Plant Biology and, if appropriate, jointly with one or more of the other three departments. In addition to developing a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute high-quality teaching and service/outreach. Meeting the position's research expectations will require obtaining external funding and publishing peer-reviewed papers in national and international journals and/or conference proceedings. Teaching may include one undergraduate or graduate course per year as well as graduate and postdoctoral training. Service will include participation in campus and national/international programs. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the plant science community on campus. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2023.

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 -Biological Science or other fields

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. is required prior to the start of employment. Research experience in plant developmental biology is also required. More details are provided in the required application materials section.

Required Application Materials

Applications should be submitted to the MSU Human Resources site at Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. While reference letters will not be solicited for the initial evaluation of candidates, applicants should ensure that letters would be submitted promptly upon request. Questions can be emailed to Dr. Shin-Han Shiu, search committee chair, at

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  • To apply, applicants should prepare a SINGLE PDF containing:

  • Cover letter: One page that frames the application in the context of this position at Michigan State University
  • CV: Including a list of publications, accepted proposals for funding or other resources, contributed or invited presentations, teaching and mentoring experiences, leadership positions, contributions to the academic community, awards and recognitions, public outreach efforts, and any efforts in enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The CV should also include the names and email contact information for four individuals who can provide reference letters. At least one of the letters must specifically address the applicant’s ability to teach and mentor. Other professional information may also be included, as the applicant sees fit.
  • Research statement: A 2-3 page summary of research interests including the relevance of the research, research accomplishments, and future research plans. This statement should also describe past experiences with and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in research (e.g., through grant-funded research, publications, etc.). Candidates should feel free to contact colleagues at MSU and identify specific potential research synergies relevant to this research statement.
  • Teaching statement: A 1-2 page description of teaching and mentoring philosophy, experiences, goals, and plans to address these goals. This statement should also describe past experiences with and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and mentoring (e.g., through mentoring, pedagogy, etc.).
  • In the above application materials, candidates are expected provide evidence supporting their:

    • Ability to conduct scholarly research
    • Ability to lead collaborative research projects and/or analyses
    • A future research program that enhances and/or complements existing effort at MSU
    • Ability to formulate scientific questions and effectively communicate scientific concepts
    • Potential for obtaining future, external research funding
    • Ability to teach plant biology courses with evidence-based pedagogy
    • Ability to advise and mentor students on research projects and professional development
    • Ability to work with diverse groups and to contribute to a climate of inclusion
    • A record of commitment to service in the field, the institution, and/or public at large.
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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

We endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. MSU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Advertised: Aug 25, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 25, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


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