The Hammerschmidt and Rosenzweig labs in Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences are seeking a highly motivated individual for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Plant Pathology. The position will support the research, extension and outreach efforts in understanding plant associated microbes related to plant disease across multiple cropping systems. Responsibilities will include molecular laboratory, general laboratory, applied field and greenhouse research. The ideal candidate will posses excellent record keeping and organizational skills, ability to effectively communicate research results both written and verbally. More importantly a team centered mentality is desirable and a willingness to train and work cohesively with research technicians, field technicians, graduate research assistants and undergraduate research assistants. Additionally, duties will include preparation of research reports, grant proposals and publications.
Position begins January 1, 2020.
Doctorate -Plant Pathology, Microbiology, or related field
Possess a doctoral degree in Plant Pathology, Microbiology or related field.
Knowledge and thorough understanding of molecular techniques, microbiology, plant breeding and plant genetics, and statistical analysis.
Prior experience in designing lab, greenhouse and field experiments.
Prior experience in developing and implementing laboratory SOPs and safety regulations and procedures including training of research technicians, field technicians, undergraduate research assistants and graduate research assistants.
Prior experience with fungal, bacterial and oomycete pathogens.
Experience with bacterial pathogens inducing field-based population dynamics, phylogenetics, laboratory experience with molecular based-approaches, DNA sequence analysis and bioinformatics.
Grant proposal or scientific writing experience.
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Experience with laboratory safety, and worker protection regulations and procedures
Experience with overseeing laboratory needs, ordering and maintaining materials, supplies, and equipment
Prior experience with plant pathogens, e.g. Phytophthora, Alternaria, Rhizoctonia, Stretpomyces, Cercospora, Sclerotinia, Fusarium, Helminthosporium, Verticillium spp., Pectobacterium and/or Dickeya spp.
Required Application Materials
Cover letter, including research interests
Contact information for three references
Submit all application materials via careers.msu.edu. Position begins January 1, 2020.
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Summary of Health Risks
Drive a University vehicle that does NOT require a commercial drivers license but does require medical certification.
Wear a respirator (not including paper dust mask)
The Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, (formed more than 5 years ago from the merger of Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences and Plant Pathology) is an internationally recognized department of more than 50 faculty members with diverse interests spanning applied and fundamental research.
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