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Michigan State University(MSU) Research Associate-Fixed Term in East Lansing, Michigan

h3Position Summary/h3 Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the top institutions for plant science and microbial ecology research. One position for a research associate (postdoc) is available with the Department of Energyand#8217;s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). The successful applicant will join a collaborative team to execute research to understand the role of switchgrass microbiome for plant productivity on marginal lands. Gregory Bonito (Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences), Sarah Evans (Integrative Biology), and Ashley Shade (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) will jointly advise the successful applicant, who will have a pivotal role in project coordination between these three labs, and work out of the Bonito lab. Switchgrass is a cellulosic bioenergy crop that is being tested for performance on non-arable (marginal) lands. We seek an excellent research associate (postdoc) to conduct microbiome research to understand the drivers and consequences of switchgrass rhizosphere communities, and to coordinate plant, fungal and bacteria-based team research activities across investigatorsand#8217; labs. The position will be located on the Michigan State University (MSU) main campus (East Lansing), but will frequently travel to execute collaborative projects at MSUand#8217;s Kellogg Biological Station (Hickory Corners) and present GLBRC microbiome results at meetings. The Great Lakes Bioenergy Center consists of an interdisciplinary team of researchers that aim to produce the knowledge and technological advances needed to establish a sustainable lignocellulosic bioindustry.and#160; The center will address a set of interrelated knowledge gaps that currently limit the industrial scale production of bioenergy crops, and specialty biofuels and bioproducts, to create the knowledge needed to develop a new generation of sustainable lignocellulosic biorefineries. h3Equal Employment Opportunity Statement/h3 All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status. h3Required Degree/h3 Doctorate -Plant, Soil, Microbial Sciences, Ecology h3Minimum Requirements/h3 liThe successful applicant will be independent, motivated, and hold a PhD in a field related to plant, soil, microbial sciences, ecology, bioinformatics/genomics, or similar fields./li liExperience in conducting field work and/or greenhouse work with plant or soil associated microbiomes is required./li liStrong wet-lab skills for generating high quality RNA and DNA from plant and microbial tissues, and quantitative skills in bioinformatics and statistics is expected./li liThe successful candidate will have skills in microbiology and molecular laboratory techniques, as well as strong writing abilities./li liExcellent organizational and communication skills are expected./li /ul h3Desired Qualifications/h3 Experience in managing, analyzing, and coordinating collaboration using large, multi-project datasets will be viewed favorably, as well as skills in data science and experience in high-performance computing resources. h3Required Application Materials/h3 Please send a statement describing relevant skills, research accomplishments, and research interests (one page maximum), a current CV, one representative publication, and contact information for three references.and#160; h3Special Instructions/h3 Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, as early as September 1, 2020. emAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religi