Molecular Microbial Ecologist
Molecular Microbial Ecologist
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT, SOIL AND MICROBIAL SCIENCES &
DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY AND MOLECULAR GENETICS
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
MISSION: Perform research related to microbial ecology or evolution using molecular tools (including genomics) to address either basic or applied questions. While preference may be given to those studying agroecosystems (including plants and soils), we welcome applications relating to all areas of microbial ecology.
Position: The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the College of Natural Sciences at Michigan State University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor that is 75% research and 25% teaching.
Responsibilities and Performance Expectations: The successful candidate is expected to develop a rigorous and nationally recognized research program in microbial ecology or evolution, using advanced ‘-omic’ approaches to characterize microbial populations or communities and their functions and interactions with other organisms and the environment. Research will contribute to programs that integrate faculty across the microbiological, evolutionary and ecological disciplines to address the interactions of microorganisms with plants, animals, water, soils, and other microorganisms.
Researchers pursuing questions in diverse ecosystems will be considered, and we especially encourage applications from researchers who address questions in systems relevant to plant, soil, and agricultural systems. The candidate should, ideally, have interest and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and bring strong bioinformatic skills. Candidates that integrate ecology and evolution in their research program will be considered favorably.
The successful candidate will be responsible for annually teaching an undergraduate course related to their field of study and will develop or contribute to a graduate course, also in their area of expertise.
Qualifications: Applicants must have an earned doctorate in microbiology, molecular biology, ecology or evolution, bioinformatics, plant and soil sciences, or a related field, and show evidence of excellence in research and teaching through scholarly activities. Post-doctoral research experience or equivalent is preferable. Candidates should have a strong research record and an interest in multidisciplinary research. Candidates should also demonstrate commitment to teaching and graduate education and diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability or clear potential to obtain competitive external grants in support of research and/or educational programs and experiential teaching. The successful candidate is expected to have strong communication skills.
Application Procedure: Qualified individuals should submit: a) a letter of application; b) a statement of research interests c) a teaching philosophy d) an equity and inclusion statement https://www.canr.msu.edu/diversity/ e) a curriculum vitae; and, f) names and contact information for three references. Applications for this position should be submitted online at https://careers.msu.edu (posting #607729). Review of applications will begin October 30, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Dr. Joan B. Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the Search Committee.
About Michigan State. Michigan State has been a leader in Microbial Ecology and Evolution for decades, particularly through the Center for Microbial Ecology. Current faculty including Bonito, Cole, Cupples, Evans, Hashsham, Lenski, Martinez-Gomez, Reguera, Rose, Schrenk, Shade, Tiemann, and Walker form a strong core in microbial ecology and evolution at Michigan State across several departments, and they link with other Michigan State faculty members who apply microbial ecology to problems in plant stress resilience, bioremediation and pollutant fate, plant pathology, human health, biogeochemistry, bioenergy feedstock conversion and more.
Michigan State is a land-grant university and one of the top research universities in the world committed to engagement and solving community and global problems. The Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences is an internationally recognized department of more than 50 faculty members, with diverse interests spanning applied and fundamental research. The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is one of the oldest and largest microbiology departments in the country, with over 50 faculty members. Michigan State boasts more than 150 microbial and plant science faculty — including vast expertise in microbe-soil-plant interactions— and collaborative opportunities in the areas of microbial ecology and evolution, biogeochemistry, agricultural ecology, genomics, hydrology, environmental engineering, biochemistry, and soil, water and ecosystem sciences exist. Additionally, depending on the candidate’s research focus, this position carries the opportunity for adjunct appointments in university-level programs including Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, AgBioResearch, The Plant Resilience Institute, Environmental Toxicology, and The Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior. Other opportunities for collaboration include the Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research site, the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Access to diverse and state-of-the-art research support is available through our Research Technology and Support Core Facilities in Genomics, Metabolomics, Microscopy, and Flow Cytometry, and world-class computing resources are available through the Michigan State Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research.
Inclusion and diversity: At Michigan State College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, we do not just accept difference, we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our faculty, our staff, or students, and our community. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer that is committed to achieving inclusive excellence through attracting diverse candidates and fostering a culture of equity where everyone can reach its individual and collective goals.