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: 849463
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Department: Physiology Human Pathology Com 10034427
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

Exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Liang lab in the department of Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology and Applied Immunology Center for Education and Research Program at Michigan State University. The Liang lab offers a rich and collaborative environment as well as training opportunities for state-of-the-art technologies in translational medicine.

Our lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of autoimmune diseases, with the ultimate goal of finding cures for these debilitating diseases. To achieve this goal, we use a combination of technologies including cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, -omics, animal models and bioengineering approaches, and we work in close collaboration with physician-scientists for translational studies. More details of our work can be found on our website:

The specifics of the research project can be flexible, and will be developed to aid the career development of the candidate. Promoting professional growth is one core value in our Lab. There will be opportunities to develop a career development plan with the principal investigator, to participate in professional development activities, and to build techniques that will assist career growth.

Successful candidates should have a doctorate degree in biological sciences, biomedical sciences, or related field. Expertise in cell biology, -omics or animal work is highly desired. Our lab is funded by several NIH awards.

Salary is based on NIH guidelines

Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please email

Michigan State University is devoted to recruiting and assisting a diverse student body, faculty, and administrative staff. The university is driven to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication, and awareness. MSU is devoted to diversity and equality in education and employment.

MSU is diligent in ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective staff.

Please email for any questions.

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 -Biomedical sciences, Biological sciences

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Ph.D., or equivalent degree in Biomedical sciences, Biological sciences or related field

PhD-level research experience in Biomedical sciences, Biological sciences or related field

Minimum requirements must be identifiable from the CV/Resume

Desired Qualifications

Identifiable from the CV/Resume

Experience in cell biology with -omics or animal work

Required Application Materials

A current CV/resume;

List of three or more professional references.

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References.

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Summary of Health Risks

The position may work with or in close proximity to live animals, human/animal tissue and/or blood, viruses/bacteria/pathogens, biohazardous chemicals and materials, radioactive materials, medical sharps/waste, and sharp implements


Department Statement

The discipline of physiology is uniquely positioned among the biomedical sciences to span the gulf between exploring the most fundamental aspects of biology and the most practical and applied problems of human and animal health. Faculty in the Physiology Department at Michigan State University work to understand how the vast array of molecular and cellular events successfully integrate to define the phenomenon of human existence.

The Physiology Department Mission:

- Identify factors and molecules that promote health and disease.

- Know mechanisms of disease progression.

- Improve overall human and animal health by identifying novel therapeutic targets and treatments.

- Train future scientists in state-of-the-art physiology concepts & approaches.

The Department of Physiology at Michigan State University embraces diversity in its faculty, students, and staff. We are driven to provide an environment that cultivates and values inclusion of different backgrounds, ideas, perspectives, and skills. Engaging the unique and diverse contributions of our department members results in innovation and excellence in our research, teaching, service, and outreach. We take pride in the strength of our diversity and our ability to work in collaboration with respect and equality.

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: Mar 14, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Mar 14, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time


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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.

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  • 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

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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

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