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: Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344
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

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking a postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a multi-disciplinary investigation of the uptake of per- and poly-fluorinated aliphatic substances (PFAS) into aquatic organisms (Daphnia magna and fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas) and assessment of toxicity of PFAS chemicals and mixtures.  The position will involve collaboration with field, laboratory, and computational experiments in the laboratories of MSU Professors Cheryl Murphy, Dan Jones, and Angela Wilson and collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Köln.

Position will involve collaborative design and optimization of experiments for assessing uptake of PFAS chemicals in aquatic organisms, working with members of the PFAS analytical laboratories to make minor modifications to EPA Draft Method 1633 for this purpose, interpreting LC-MS/MS measurement data, making oral presentations at meetings and conferences, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and contributing to the writing of manuscripts.

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 -environmental/analytical chemistry, toxicology

Minimum Requirements

PhD in environmental/analytical chemistry, toxicology, biochemistry, or closely related field; demonstrated achievements in measuring xenobiotic organic chemicals in biological tissues and/or fluids; knowledge and expertise in experiment design and optimization of sample preparation for trace analysis of organic xenobiotics.  Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills and history of achievements as part of a research team.

Desired Qualifications

Expertise in the chemistry, physical properties, and analysis of PFAS chemicals including mixtures such as those found in aqueous film forming foams (AFFF);  demonstrated expertise in chemistry of natural waters, design and execution of sampling of surfactants in water and biological tissues, troubleshooting of solid-phase extraction and high performance liquid chromatography separations; compound measurements using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS); familiarity with procedures for processing of LC-MS/MS data.

Required Application Materials

CV, contact information for three references,

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Department Statement

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was established in 1950 with faculty drawn from several different units. Since that time, both the faculty and the issues of importance in fisheries and wildlife have changed significantly. Our Mission, Vision, and Values build on our core strengths and prepare us for continuing change in societal needs, scientific understanding, and educational priorities.

Our Mission is to build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education, and engagement. We believe a diverse, inclusive working and learning environment enriches the department and fosters innovation in teaching, research, and engagement with partners and the public.

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:Jan 11, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:Jan 11, 2025 Eastern Standard Time

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