Molecular Microbial Ecologist - Assistant / Associate Professor - MSU

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Molecular Microbial Ecologist - Assistant / Associate Professor - MSU

Associate or Assistant Professor in microbial ecology
Michigan State University
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences / Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
East Lansing, Michigan,
Position: The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics invite applications for a 9- month, tenure-track position at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor in microbial ecology with experience in using technological advances in genomics and applications in the field to study agricultural, managed or natural ecosystems. The position is 75% research and 25% teaching. The position is funded by AgBioResearch and the General Fund.
Responsibilities and Performance Expectations:
The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous research program in microbial ecology, emphasizing research using genomics approaches, sequencing analyses, and other new approaches to characterize microbial communities and their interactions with other organisms and the environment. The candidate should, ideally, have experience with bioinformatics. Research will contribute to programs that integrate faculty across the microbiological and ecological disciplines to address the interactions of microorganisms with plants, animals, water, and soils (cell to cell interactions) including elucidating the molecular mechanisms that control these interactions. Environmental analyses of microbial ecosystems often incorporate concepts that require a fundamental understanding of ecosystem functions, community interactions, and environmental microbiomes, allowing questions related to biodiversity, systems analysis, and complexity to be explored.
Candidates are welcome who use molecular approaches to work in any area of microbial ecology. However, preference may be given to researchers who address basic and applied questions in agroecosystems (including plants and soils) and other managed environments. The candidate should, ideally, have interests and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. The person filling this position will be responsible for teaching modules in undergraduate courses that address microbial ecology and will develop and teach a graduate course in an area of expertise.
Applicants must have an earned doctorate in microbiology, ecology or a closely related field, and show evidence of excellence in research and teaching through scholarly activities, and postdoctoral research experience. Candidates are expected to emphasize microbial ecology in their research, with additional expertise in metagenomics techniques, molecular tools, and bioinformatics, focusing on agricultural systems (soil, plants and water) or other managed and natural environments. Candidates should have a strong research record, an interest in multidisciplinary research and concerned commitment to teaching and graduate education. There should be a demonstrated ability to obtain competitive external grants in support of research and/or educational programs and experiential teaching. The successful candidate is expected to have strong communication skills.
Application Procedure:
Qualified individuals should submit: a) a letter of application; b) a statement of research and teaching interests; c) curriculum vitae; d) 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; and e) names and contact information for three references. Applications for this position should be submitted online at (posting #454097). Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Dr. Joan B. Rose (rosejo [-at-], Chair of the Search Committee.
More information available at:
Posted: August 20, 2017.