Two Research Associate Positions (Postdoc)

Position Type

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.

Qualifications for these positions are:

  • PhD in physics, Chemistry, Plant Biology, Bioengineering, or related field

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.

Special Instructions

Questions regarding these positions should be directed to Dr. Shi-You Ding ( Review of Applications will begin on July 26, 2021 and continue until positions are filled.

Application Instructions:
All applications must be submitted through the MSU Careers Website. To access this posting, please use this link: to complete an application.

Along with your application, also attach a cover letter that contains a statement of your research accomplishments and interests; a current CV; and the names and contact information for three references.

Deadline to Apply