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Faculty Posting in Plant Resilience – BMB

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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 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology invites applications for a position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level from individuals addressing fundamental aspects of plant response and adaptation to global environmental change. Specific research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, environmental signal transduction and mechanisms of plant stress tolerance to biotic stresses, water deficit, high salinity, nutrient deprivation, and temperature extremes. Candidates whose research program integrates a broad spectrum of biochemical, molecular, and genomic technologies, including gene-editing approaches applied to model or agriculturally relevant plants, are especially encouraged to apply.

Application instructions:

Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a 2-to-3-page statement of current and future research interests, a brief description of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of three persons who can provide a letter of reference. The complete application package should be compiled into a single PDF document and submitted through the MSU Human Resources site at careers.msu.edu (posting #468293). To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 15, 2017. Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Professor Gregg Howe, search chair, at howeg@msu.edu.

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