Assistant Professor

Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
September 21 2017
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Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Biology

The Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure system Assistant Professor position from individuals studying fundamental problems in plant biology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, Plant Physiology, Cell Biology, Development, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology and Genetics. We seek candidates who show exceptional promise for addressing compelling research questions about plant functional mechanisms.  MSU is world-renowned for fundamental and applied plant research and the Department of Plant Biology includes vibrant research programs in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, metabolism, plant-microbe interactions, genomics, systematics, evolutionary biology and ecology. In addition to developing an excellent, externally funded research program, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute high-quality teaching and service/outreach.

To apply, individuals with a Ph.D. should send a single PDF document containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research accomplishments and future research plans, a 1-page description of teaching philosophy and goals, and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to Candidates must also submit their applications through the MSU Human Resources site at (posting #455736). Review of applications will begin October 16, 2017 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Professor Katherine Osteryoung, search chair, at

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 a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.


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