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Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 950632
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, Academic Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The PRL Director will maintain an active research program related to the study of photosynthetic organisms, participate in the formulation and implementation of collaborative research activities, provide scientific leadership, actively foster a unified community, and oversee the administration of the PRL.

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 -Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry

Minimum Requirements

Successful applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or equivalent advanced degree in Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or closely related fields and demonstrate a sustained record of achievement in the study of photosynthetic organisms in areas that complement and extend existing research strengths at PRL. Applicants must also demonstrate aptitude for leading scientific and administrative teams in multi-PI grants or new initiatives.

Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to individuals who will support training in and nourish interdisciplinary approaches that address fundamental biological questions relevant to energy capture, conversion, deposition and use in photosynthetic organisms in natural or engineered systems, interpreted broadly.

Required Application Materials

Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a reflective statement of no more than five pages describing: i) research accomplishments and future research plans; ii) administrative and/or leadership experience and vision; iii) philosophy for advancements in diversity, equity, and inclusion; iv) teaching, training, or mentoring philosophy; and v) names and contact information of three references (who will not be contacted without your permission). All materials should be assembled into one PDF and uploaded to (position 950632). The position will remain open until filled.

Special Instructions

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Department Statement

Michigan State University is a top-ranked research university in the plant sciences and provides a stimulating atmosphere with interactive colleagues who offer exceptional breadth and depth in the study of photosynthetic organisms. The PRL, with significant and long-standing funding from the Basic Energy Sciences program of the U.S. Department of Energy, provides an excellent environment for creative research. The PRL is embedded within a broader MSU ecosystem that offers a vibrant and collaborative environment with wide-reaching strengths in plant science. Outstanding opportunities for collaboration are available with faculty in the Colleges of Natural Science and of Agriculture & Natural Resources, as well as in interdisciplinary research programs activities such as the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Plant Resilience Institute.

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 13, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 13, 2025 Eastern Daylight 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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