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Faculty Position Posting in Plant Stress Biology

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The plant science departments and the newly created Plant Resilience Institute (PRI) at Michigan State University are inviting applications for multiple tenure-system positions at the assistant/associate/professor level for individuals studying plant responses to abiotic stresses, such as drought and temperature extremes, and biotic stresses such as attack by pathogens and insect pests.

These positions are part of MSU’s Global Impact Initiative that will recruit 100 top-level researchers to MSU over the next five years. MSU has a vibrant plant science community comprising more than 150 faculty members conducting a wide range of plant research spanning the lab-to-field continuum in both natural and agricultural ecosystems. We are seeking candidates who address compelling research questions in plant stress biology that will strengthen, complement, and collaborate with on-going research programs at MSU.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • the role of the microbiome in plant resilience;
  • adaptation to abiotic and biotic stresses;
  • tree and forest systems as regulators and responders to changing climates;
  • genomics of plant resilience;
  • plant stress signaling pathways, including volatile signals;
  • impact of climate change on plant growth and productivity;
  • use of gene editing to improve plant resilience.

Successful applicants will contribute to undergraduate and/or graduate teaching and maintain an externally funded research program. Applicants should have a strong record of accomplishments and publications. Further, evidence of past or ongoing successful collaborations is desired, and evidence of multidisciplinary collaborations will be viewed favorably.

For positions filled at the rank of Associate and Professor, a strong record of extramural funding is required. A Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) is required for consideration. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred.

PRI is a multi-departmental research unit, with current faculty appointed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and/or the College of Natural Sciences (CNS). Successful candidates may be jointly appointed in one or more departments/ programs on campus including the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Horticulture, Forestry, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Plant Biology, and Plant, Soil & Microbial Sciences. Appointed faculty will also be affiliated with MSU AgBioResearch.

To apply, applicants should provide curriculum vitae, summary of research accomplishments and future research objectives, brief description of teaching philosophy and goals, and the names of three individuals who can provide a letter of reference. The complete application package should be compiled into a single PDF document and candidates must submit their application through the MSU Human Resources site at http://jobs.msu.edu/ (posting #4395).

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2017 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Questions regarding this position may be emailed to the Search Chair at MSUPRI@msu.edu.

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. A member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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