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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

We seek a full-time research associate to assist with an ongoing training program and related studies regarding the detection of waterborne pathogens. The research associate will work with a team that has been building capacity in Michigan to run quantitative PCR for viral pathogen and microbial source tracking (MST) analyses to inform environmental monitoring across the state. The selected candidate should have specific experience with quantitative PCR (qPCR/ ddPCR), optimization and development of molecular methods, experience with environmental microbiology is preferable. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance regarding qPCR/ddPCR, microbial source tracking and molecular microbial methods; running training workshops; and partnering with network collaborators on ongoing studies related to the detection and management of environmental pathogens and markers. 

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Microbiology

Minimum Requirements

PhD in microbiology, with specialization in water/environmental/food microbiology or related discipline with a record of undertaking quantitative PCR work.  

Desired Qualifications

Some understanding of water research including collection, processing and analysis of microbes from water/wastewater samples will be beneficial. Experience with training or teaching advanced students or professionals preferred. Experience with sequencing analysis is desired. 

Required Application Materials

CV, letter of interest, references and transcripts (unofficial).

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Summary of Physical Demands

Physically intensive job, requiring the ability to lift samples from cooler to bench, lift biohazard waste bags to carts, and lift lab consumables from boxes to shelf.

Summary of Health Risks

Health risks include possible exposure to human blood, serum, tissue and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions. 

Risks that have been identified by Environmental Health and Safety, such as exposure to lead, chemotherapy, formaldehyde, asbestos, etc.

Physically intensive job.


Department Statement

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is a vibrant community of scholars comprising >40 core faculty (tenure stream and fixed-term faculty, and academic specialists), 80 graduate and 240 undergraduate students, and >30 research associates. 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 are committed to the integrative nature of natural resources conservation and management, with our expertise ranging from disciplinary areas with a long-standing history in the domain of fisheries and wildlife to those emerging more recently. For more information about the Department, please visit our website:

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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