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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: Integrative Biology 10032920
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

Position Summary:

The Ganz Laboratory ( at Michigan State University is seeking a highly motivated, outstanding postdoctoral researcher to join an exciting research team focused on understanding nervous system development and disease using zebrafish as research model. The research program of the Ganz Lab aims to illuminate the genetic control and core principles of enteric nervous system (ENS) neuronal and glial development during normal development, in the context of gut disorders, and regeneration. Research projects in the Ganz Lab, supported by NIH and NSF CAREER funding, include:

  • establishing the gene regulatory programs of enteric neuron and glial differentiation.
  • identifying the cellular and genetic mechanisms of gastrointestinal symptoms in neurodevelopmental disorders
  • identifying the cellular and molecular mechanisms of regeneration in the enteric nervous system.
  • The successful candidates will be expected to conduct experiments, collect, and analyze data, give research presentations, write scholarly papers, provide progress reports, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab. There will also be opportunities to participate in professional development programs and to write and submit grants and career development award.

    The position is initially for 12 months with the possibility to extend further based on funding and performance. Salary will be commensurate with current NIH stipend levels and includes excellent benefits (health, dental, retirement). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    Interested candidates should send an email including a letter of intent outlining their qualifications and career objectives, CV, PDFs of 2-3 publications, and names of 3 individuals that can be contacted to provide a reference to Dr. Julia Ganz at

    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 -Developmental Biology, Genetics, Neurosc

    Minimum Requirements

    Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent). Candidate(s) with a M.D., or D.O. and research experience are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should have some or all of the following attributes: 1) a strong background in developmental (neuro)biology and/or cellular and molecular biology and/or neuroscience, 2) previous research experience in developmental (neuro)biology and/or cellular and molecular biology and/or neuroscience, 3) a publication record of primary research articles including at least one lead-author publication, 4) excellent communication skills (written/spoken English), 5) an excellent academic record, and 6) a keen desire to learn.

    Desired Qualifications

    Previous experience with zebrafish development, genomic techniques, or imaging is preferred.

    Required Application Materials

    Letter of Intent


    PDFs of 2-3 publications

    Names of 3 individuals that can be contacted to provide a reference

    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

    In case of questions, please email Dr. Ganz (

    Review of Applications Begins On



    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:Feb 8, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close:Feb 8, 2025 Eastern Standard Time

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