Date: 16.06.2021

Research Associate Position

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA Deadline for application: 29 June, 2021 (or until filled)
Job no: 711047
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Pathobiology Diagnostic Investigat Cvm 10046638
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Veterinary/Animal Care, Non-Union


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A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Gorgoglione's Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory at Michigan State University. The lab focuses on studying immunopathological processes in fish, comparing infection patterns in farmed and wild fish, and developing new diagnostic methods for fish pathogens. The lab is shared between the Dept. of Pathobiology & Diagnostic Investigation of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


The candidate should have experience and interest for working with fish and in vitro techniques using fish cell lines, including:

  • Molecular biology techniques, sequencing
  • Bioinformatics and statistical analysis
  • Pathogen and cell culture techniques, basic virology methods
  • Collection and processing of tissue samples from fish
  • Histological analysis


Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in microbiology, molecular biology, or other Biological or Veterinary Sciences field related to fish infectious diseases or fish immunology. A veterinary degree or equivalent is desired but not a requirement. Required at least one first-authored publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals (Q1).


The candidate should have good ability to work independently on challenging and innovative research; excellent written and oral skills (as demonstrated by prior publications/meeting presentations); good time management skills; good organizational and interpersonal skills; positive attitude for interacting with students (either at undergraduate and postgraduate level) and collaborators; strong track record of scientific productivity.


The candidate will have the primary responsibility of experimental design, performing experiments, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation, writing scientific publications and funding applications such as fellowships, and to present results at national and international scientific meetings. The candidate is expected to operate and maintain scientific instruments, maintaining lab notebook and protocols.


Required Application Materials

Applications should be submitted through MSU Careers website.


Application materials should include:

• Cover letter (max 500 words, describing your research interests and motivating why your expertise is appropriate for this position)

• Curriculum vitae (full and with a complete list of scientific publications)

• Doctoral degree (completed), and other relevant degree certificates (scanned; in English)

• Names and contact details of 3 referees (preferably not from the same institution)


Special Instructions

Open until filled. This position is initially for one year, with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Bartolomeo Gorgoglione (





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