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Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

Job Description

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Work type:Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 50637.00-60000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location:East Lansing
Categories:Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Sakalidis Lab at Michigan State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for a project focusing on chestnut disease management that is funded through a USDA/MDARD Specialty Crop Block Grant. This Research Associate will oversee implementation and evaluation of tactics designed to mitigate impacts of brown rot disease on chestnut fruit and to better elucidate the pathogen community contributing to disease in commercial chestnut orchards. 

MSU has a vibrant plant science community comprising of more than 150 faculty members conducting a wide range of plant research spanning the lab-to-field continuum in both natural and agricultural ecosystems. PSM is a multi-disciplinary department with faculty appointed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR; http://www.canr.msu.edu/ ). The nascent Michigan chestnut industry is an exciting industry to work with. As an emerging crop, there are opportunities to have a significant impact on grower success. The MSU Chestnut Team enjoys a close working relationship with the chestnut industry, with researchers and extension personnel cooperating with growers to address the priority needs of the industry through multiple interdisciplinary projects. The MSU Chestnut Team is comprised of members from multiple departments including Entomology, Ag Engineering, Plant, Soil and Microbial Science, Forestry and Extension.  

The position is available immediately, but the incumbent must be able to start by Spring 2023 at the latest. The appointment will be initially for 12 months with the possibility of one additional year based on satisfactory performance and continuation of funding. The position will work with the PIs, and assist with the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. 

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 -Forestry, Plant or Tree Physiology

Minimum Requirements

A highly dedicated and qualified individual with a doctoral degree in Forestry, Plant or Tree Physiology, Plant Pathology, Entomology, or a closely related field.  Experience with field work involving fungicide applications and data analysis.  The Ph.D. must be completed at the time of employment. The selected candidate must also meet eligibility requirements for work in the U.S. by the start date. 

Desired Qualifications

Previous experience with trees, lab work, microscopy, fungi, and microbiomes. A proven track record of scientific publications, initiative, independence, leadership, excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills are essential.  

Required Application Materials

Cover letter with a summary of background, research interests and career goals; a Curriculum Vitae; Contact information and details of three professional references.

Together-we-will Statement

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

Special Instructions

If you have any questions, contact: Dr. Monique Sakalidis (sakalidi@msu.edu   

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Summary of Physical Demands

Lifting equipment weighing up to 40 lbs from;

  • Floor to Waist Height
  • Chest down to waist
  • Above Chest down to waist

Carrying equipment weighing up to 40 lbs up to a distance of 200 feet

Summary of Health Risks

Risks that have been identified by Environmental Health and Safety, such as exposure to lead, chemotherapy,

formaldehyde, asbestos, etc.



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:Nov 2, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Nov 15, 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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