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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Great Lakes Bioenergy Researc Ctr Vprgs 10059425
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center welcomes applications for two Research Associate positions who will be working in the Shi-You Ding Lab, Department of Plant Biology. We welcome applicants who are dedicated to cutting-edge science and engineering research. These positions will work with Dr. Ding in the development of imaging techniques using Atomic Force Microscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, and Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy for in vivo and in situ characterization of plant cell walls, biomass degradation enzymes, and microbes.  

These positions are available for one year with possible renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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 -Physics, Chemistry, Plant Biology, Bioen

Minimum Requirements

Required Education/Experience

Position 1: requires a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, or related field. Hands-on experience in lasers, optics, and spectroscopy. Proficiency with software tools like Matlab, Labview, and other computation tools for image analysis. Desired experience in imaging biomaterials, such as plant cell walls, living tissues, or cells.

Position 2: requires a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Bioengineering, or related field. Previous experience in molecular biology of plants or biomass conversion technology. Desired experience in plant cell wall biochemistry and biochemical processes of biomass conversion to biofuels and biomaterials.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a statement of research accomplishments and interests, current CV, and names and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions

Questions regarding these positions should be directed to Dr. Shi-You Ding (

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Department Statement

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center led by the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with Michigan State University as a primary partner. We are developing sustainable biofuels and bioproducts made from dedicated energy crops grown on marginal lands.
Our mission is simple: creating biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

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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