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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 Natural Science
Department: Physiology Natural Science 10032668
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 laboratory of NeuroImmunology of Pain ( in the department of Physiology at Michigan State University (

Our lab (PI Laumet) investigates the contribution of neuro-immune interactions to the development and resolution of chronic pain in mouse models. We have a special interest in studying the communication between immune cells and neurons in the skin, DRG, spinal cord, brain, and meninges and leverage this understanding to identify new therapeutic strategies. Recently, the lab has been paying more attention to sexual dimorphism in neuro-immune interactions.

The Postdoctoral/Research associate will be supervised by Dr. Laumet. Additional guidance and training will come from senior members of the lab and collaborators. The Postdoctoral/Research associate is expected to participate in data dissemination (e.g. presentations at conferences) and writing manuscripts for publications.

We are particularly interested in someone with a strong experience and interest in neuroimmunology, pain, immunology, or neuroscience research. We expect the candidate to have experience with, or be committed to learning, transgenic models, molecular biology, flow cytometry, primary cell culture, calcium imaging, viral vector manipulation, in situ hybridization, immunostaining, animal models of chronic pain, and animal behavioral testing. The Postdoctoral/Research associate would have a strong record of presenting research, good communication techniques, and experience working on a team.

Candidate will be encouraged to develop independent ideas and apply for career awards.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to mentor students, interact with postdoctoral fellows and research assistants in the lab, collaborate with different labs, and receive state-of-the-art training in neuroimmunology and pain research. Our lab is currently funded by NIH, Rita Allen Foundation, and industrial partnerships.

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.

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.

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, Neurosciences, Immunology

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Ph.D., MD, DVM, DO, or equivalent degree in Biomedical sciences, or a related field

PhD-level research experience in Biomedical sciences, Neurosciences, Immunology, or related area

Minimum requirements must be identifiable from the CV/Resume

Desired Qualifications

Identifiable from the CV/Resume

Previous experience with a demonstrated record of productivity (e.g., research publications)

Skills in either rodent research models or in biochemistry/molecular/cellular biology

Experience with research design, development of research hypotheses, and methods to test them

Required Application Materials

To apply, please attach:

A letter of application that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

A current CV/resume;

List of three or more 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

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:Jan 27, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:Jan 27, 2025 Eastern Standard Time

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