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Faculty Position in Plant Resilience – Horticulture

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The departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Horticulture, and Plant Biology in collaboration with the newly created Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University, are inviting applications for three tenure-system positions. These positions are part of MSU’s Global Impact Initiative, designed to address the grand challenges through the creation of over 100 new faculty positions in some of the most promising and exciting fields of research. MSU has a world-class plant science community and support infrastructure 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.

The mission of the Plant Resilience Institute (PRI) is to conduct basic laboratory and field research on plant resilience with the goal of improving the productivity and nutritional quality of agronomic and horticultural crops. Research programs center on mechanisms that enhance plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses associated with changing environmental conditions. The PRI is an interdisciplinary cross-departmental program, with PRI members belonging to a range of home departments.

For all three positions we are seeking candidates who show exceptional promise to develop internationally recognized research programs that are externally funded and address compelling research questions relevant to plant resilience. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level and actively participate in professional service activities. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments.

Position description:

The Department of Horticulture and the Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University invite applications for a tenure system Assistant or Associate Professor position from individuals using innovative experimental approaches to study fundamental plant responses to the environment with a focus on abiotic and biotic constraints to horticultural crop productivity. The department seeks applicants with expertise in areas including, but not limited to, the impacts of temperature extremes, elevated carbon dioxide, water stress and other environmental factorson vegetative and reproductive development, particularly growth cycle/dormancy regulation, nutrient utilization, and plant-rhizosphere/-phyllosphere interactions.

Application instructions:

Qualified applicants should apply online to job #465448 and attach a letter of application including a personal statement; current curriculum vitae; summary of research accomplishments and future research objectives; a description of teaching experience and interests; summary of experience and contributions to diversity in your professional roles; and contact information (address, e-mail and phone) for three references. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to Professor Rebecca Grumet, search chair, at grumet@msu.edu.

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