Three Faculty Positions in Plant Resilience
The departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Horticulture, and Plant Biology in collaboration with the newly created
Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University are inviting applications for three tenure-system positions. These positions
are part of MSU’s Global Impact Initiative, designed to address the grand challenges through the creation of over 100 new faculty
positions in some of the most promising and exciting felds of research. MSU has a world-class plant science community and support
infrastructure comprising more than 150 faculty members conducting a wide range of plant research spanning the lab-to-feld continuum
in both natural and agricultural ecosystems.
The mission of the Plant Resilience Institute (PRI) is to conduct basic laboratory and feld research on plant resilience with the goal of
improving the productivity and nutritional quality of agronomic and horticultural crops. Research programs center on mechanisms that
enhance plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses associated with changing environmental conditions. The PRI is an interdisciplinary
cross-departmental program, with PRI members belonging to a range of home departments. The following academic departments are
inviting applications from individuals working on various aspects of plant resilience.
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology invites applications for a position at the Assistant or Associate Professor
level from individuals addressing fundamental aspects of plant response and adaptation to global environmental change. Specifc research
areas of interest include, but are not limited to, environmental signal transduction and mechanisms of plant stress tolerance to biotic
stresses, water defcit, high salinity, nutrient deprivation, and temperature extremes. Candidates whose research program integrates a broad
spectrum of biochemical, molecular, and genomic technologies, including gene-editing approaches applied to model or agriculturally
relevant plants, are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a 2-to-3-page statement of current and future research interests, a brief description
of teaching philosophy, and the names of three persons who can provide a letter of reference. The complete application package should
be compiled into a single PDF document and submitted through the MSU Human Resources site at careers.msu.edu (posting #468293).
To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 15, 2017. Questions regarding this position may be emailed
to Professor Gregg Howe, search chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Horticulture invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor from individuals using innovative
experimental approaches to study fundamental plant responses to the environment with a focus on abiotic and biotic constraints
relevant to horticultural crop productivity. The department seeks applicants with expertise in areas including, but not limited to, the
impacts of temperature extremes, elevated carbon dioxide, water stress and other environmental factors on vegetative and reproductive
development, particularly growth cycle/dormancy regulation, nutrient utilization, and plant-rhizosphere/-phyllosphere interactions.
Qualifed applicants should submit: a letter of application including a personal statement; curriculum vitae; summary of research
accomplishments and future research objectives; description of teaching experience and interests; summary of experience or philosophy
fostering diversity and inclusion in your professional roles; and contact information (address, e-mail and phone) for three references. The
complete application package should be compiled into a single PDF document and submitted through the MSU Human Resources site
at careers.msu.edu/ (posting #465448). Review of application will begin November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is flled.
Questions can be directed to Professor Rebecca Grumet, search chair, at email@example.com.
The Department of Plant Biology invites applications for an Assistant Professor position from individuals using physiological
approaches to study fundamental problems in plant resilience to environmental conditions. We seek applicants addressing compelling
research questions within the broad area of ecophysiology, including studies from the whole-plant to the ecosystem scale. These
questions should focus on plant resilience to abiotic or biotic stresses including, but not limited to, temperature extremes, drought,
fooding, nutrient stress, and biotic interactions. The Department of Plant Biology includes vibrant research programs in molecular and
cellular biology, biochemistry, metabolism, plant-microbe interactions, genomics, computational biology, systematics, evolutionary
biology and ecology.
Applicants should compile a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research accomplishments and future objectives, and a brief
description of teaching philosophy and goals into a single PDF. This PDF and three letters of reference should be submitted at careers.
msu.edu/ (posting #468542). Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identiBed.
Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Professor Jeffrey Conner, search chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all three positions we are seeking candidates who show exceptional promise to develop internationally recognized research
programs that are externally funded and address compelling research questions relevant to plant resilience. In addition, the successful
candidate will contribute to teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level and actively participate in professional service activities.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. A member of the
Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges.
MSU is an Affrmative-Action, Equal-Opportunity Employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce
and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or
nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment
that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty
and academic staff positions.