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Faculty Position in Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

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The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences (PSM) is inviting applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant/Associate/Professor level for individuals studying maize genomics. This position is 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 maize, using population-, quantitative-, physiological- and/or developmental genomics/genetics. Candidates with experience in computational methods to process, analyze, and interpret large-scale plant “omic” data sets are especially encouraged to apply. We seek colleagues with exceptional promise to be leaders in their field.

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

PSM is a multi-disciplinary department, with current faculty appointed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR; http://www.canr.msu.edu/). Successful candidates may also be affiliated with multiple interdepartmental programs, such as Plant Breeding Genetics and Biotechnology. Appointed faculty will also be affiliated with MSU AgBioResearch (http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/).

TO APPLY, applicants should provide 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) summary of research accomplishments and future research objectives, 4) brief description of teaching philosophy and goals, 5) a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students, and an explanation of how you will contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence, 6) and the names and contact information 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 #4641). Review of applications will begin February 1, 2017 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Questions regarding this position may be emailed to the Search Chair at zmgenome@psm.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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