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

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Natural Science

Department:Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Cns 10032098

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff


Location: East Lansing

Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

A research associate position is available in Polly Hsu’s Lab at Michigan State University to study translational regulation in Arabidopsis abscisic acid (ABA) signaling. The ideal candidate should have a strong track record and extensive lab experience in plant molecular biology, genetics, and genomics. Extensive experience handing low-yield RNA in plants, prior experiences leading large-scale experiments and processing next-generation sequencing libraries, and research experiences in mRNA translation, abiotic stress, or ABA signaling are desired. The candidate should have the capability to optimize and troubleshoot protocols and excellent organization and communication skills.

Description of duties:

  • 90% Research (design, perform, and document experiments, ex. generate/characterize Arabidopsis mutants and transgenic plants, large-scale DNA/RNA/protein-extraction, PCR, qRT-PCR, western blot, RNA-seq/Ribo-seq library constructions, and prepare manuscripts for publication)

  • 10% Assist in Lab organization and training new lab members (e.g., safety officer duties, assisting in training future Lab members on basic procedures)

To learn more about the Hsu lab:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, Genomics

Minimum Requirements

PhD in Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Plant Breeding and Genetics or related field; at least two first-author research articles in peer-reviewed plant journals.

Desired Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in plant molecular biology

  • Experience handling high-quality and low-yield RNA in plants and next-generation sequencing library construction

  • Experience working with Arabidopsis

  • Prior experience studying mRNA translation, abiotic stress or ABA signaling

Required Application Materials

Cover letter summarizing your research interests, career goals, potential start date & your motivation to join the Hsu Lab


Names and contact information of three professional references

Special Instructions

To learn more about the Hsu lab visit:


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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