Assistant Professor Research - Fixed

East Lansing, Michigan (US)
Salary Commensurate with Experience
October 14 2021
MSU Job #736159
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

We seek a cell and molecular biologist/geneticist/biochemist with demonstrated expertise in genome editing/genetically modified animals to join the laboratory of Dr. Weiming Li ( in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU). The successful applicant will lead our research effort on the genetically modified sea lamprey (GML) program, develop effective approaches to generate large numbers of GML potentially useful for sea lamprey management, and test relevant research ideas on surrogate models such as zebrafish and/or medaka. Candidates should have a broad background and deep knowledge in molecular biology, developmental biology/embryology, and bioinformatics. Candidates should have demonstrated skills and a track record in CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) applications.    

MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. MSU is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at Information about Work Life at MSU can be found at

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is a vibrant community of scholars to build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education, and engagement ( The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. The college is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

The primary duties include developing proposals related to research in GML and in basic biology using sea lamprey and zebrafish as model systems, optimizing gene editing techniques and their applications in lamprey species, designing, coordinating, and conducting experiments, publishing research results, and drafting reports for funding agencies. Additional duties include coordinating research activities of research associates, students, and technicians, collaborating with visiting scientists, engaging with sea lamprey research and control community, providing service to the department and professional community, and advising graduate students. 

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 -cell and molecular biology, genetics

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D., with postdoctoral training and experience in genome editing/CRISPR research

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience and record in seeking extramural funding
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics
  • Experience or interest in working with undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral research associates from a variety of backgrounds 
  • Experience working in a diverse environment
  • Demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion 
  • A record of promoting inclusivity in academic work environments 
  • Research program that reflects the needs of minority or underserved populations 
  • Required Application Materials

    (1) CV  

    (2) Cover letter 

    (3) Statement of research interests

    (4) List of three references.  The search committee will not contact references without first notifying the candidate.   

    (5) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement: A statement of research philosophy that highlights your alignment with our desired qualifications and/or a summary of your experience with diversity in your research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students, and an explanation of how you will contribute to our goals of inclusive excellence.

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    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. The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was established in 1950 with faculty drawn from several different units. Since that time, both the faculty and the issues of importance in fisheries and wildlife have changed significantly. Our Mission, Vision, and Values build on our core strengths and prepare us for continuing change in societal needs, scientific understanding, and educational priorities. Our Mission is to build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education, and engagement. We believe a diverse, inclusive working and learning environment enriches the department and fosters innovation in teaching, research, and engagement with partners and the public. We expect all members of the department to uphold the highest ethical standards in our work and personal conduct, with shared responsibility and accountability. We act in keeping with our values, mission, and vision.

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    Applications close: Oct 13, 2023 11:55 Eastern Daylight Time