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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 747360
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Bio/computational Evolution In Action 10059967
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Position Summary

A Research Associate (postdoctoral research) position is available in the Banzhaf Lab of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)/ the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution at Michigan State University.  

The research project focuses on:

  • Machine learning based protein engineering.
  • Evolutionary computing approaches to synthetic biology.
  • Developing innovative approaches for medical image processing.

The successful candidate will be expected to write code, conduct simulation experiments, collect and analyze data, give presentations about the research, write papers and provide progress reports to the Principal Investigator, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the lab.

This position is a 12-month fixed term appointment. Renewal of position is based on funding and performance.

Application review will begin on December 9, 2021.  This position is available immediately. 

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 -Computer Science or Computer Engineering

Minimum Requirements

  • Candidates will have completed a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or related field.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in computational biology, machine learning, and evolutionary computing, genetic programming in particular, is an advantage. 
  • Excellent communication skills are essential. 

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit the following materials online:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. Contact Information for five references

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

For more information, you can visit Dr. Banzhaf's and Dr. Gilad’s websites at and, respectively.

Review of Applications Begins On


Website and

Department Statement

The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action is an NSF Science and Technology Center founded with the mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and technology and benefit society. Research at BEACON focuses on biological evolution, digital evolution, and evolutionary applications in engineering, uniting biologists who study natural evolutionary processes with computer scientists and engineers who are harnessing these processes to solve real-world problems.

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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