Careers in the Plant Sciences

Plant Developmental Biology Faculty (Open Rank)

Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan, United States

Position Title: Plant Developmental Biology Faculty (Open Rank)
Position Type: Tenure-Track Professor
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, November 01, 2022
Application Deadline: Sunday, August 25, 2024
Institution: Michigan State University
Department/Division: Plant Biology
Field (e.g., systematics): developmental biology
City: East Lansing, Michigan, United States
General Information: The Department of Plant Biology, jointly with the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Horticulture, and Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University invites applications from outstanding candidates for an open-rank position in the broad area of plant developmental biology. With our desire to further diversify our community, we particularly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. Special consideration will be given to candidates with research foci that connect multiple scales of biological organization in an agricultural and/or natural system, address basic and/or applied grand-challenge problems in plant sciences, and employ state-of-the-art interdisciplinary approaches. This position will be appointed in the Department of Plant Biology and, if appropriate, jointly with one or more of the other three departments. In addition to developing a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute high-quality teaching and service/outreach. Meeting the position's research expectations will require obtaining external funding and publishing peer-reviewed papers in national and international journals and/or conference proceedings. Teaching may include one undergraduate or graduate course per year as well as graduate and postdoctoral training. Service will include participation in campus and national/international programs. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the plant science community on campus. Review of application will start in 11/1/2022. The anticipated start date is 8/16, 2023. For more information on required materials and the application portal, see:
Qualifications/Requirements: Required Degree
Doctorate -Biological Science or other fields

Minimum Requirements
A Ph.D. is required prior to the start of employment. Research experience in plant developmental biology is also required. More details are provided in the required application materials section.

Required Application Materials
Applications should be submitted to the MSU Human Resources site at Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. While reference letters will not be solicited for the initial evaluation of candidates, applicants should ensure that letters would be submitted promptly upon request. Questions can be emailed to Dr. Shin-Han Shiu, search committee chair, at
Responsibilities: Ability to conduct scholarly research
Ability to lead collaborative research projects and/or analyses
A future research program that enhances and/or complements existing effort at MSU
Ability to formulate scientific questions and effectively communicate scientific concepts
Potential for obtaining future, external research funding
Ability to teach plant biology courses with evidence-based pedagogy
Ability to advise and mentor students on research projects and professional development
Ability to work with diverse groups and to contribute to a climate of inclusion
A record of commitment to service in the field, the institution, and/or public at large.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): To apply, applicants should prepare a SINGLE PDF containing:

Cover letter: One page that frames the application in the context of this position at Michigan State University
CV: Including a list of publications, accepted proposals for funding or other resources, contributed or invited presentations, teaching and mentoring experiences, leadership positions, contributions to the academic community, awards and recognitions, public outreach efforts, and any efforts in enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The CV should also include the names and email contact information for four individuals who can provide reference letters. At least one of the letters must specifically address the applicant’s ability to teach and mentor. Other professional information may also be included, as the applicant sees fit.
Research statement: A 2-3 page summary of research interests including the relevance of the research, research accomplishments, and future research plans. This statement should also describe past experiences with and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in research (e.g., through grant-funded research, publications, etc.). Candidates should feel free to contact colleagues at MSU and identify specific potential research synergies relevant to this research statement.
Teaching statement: A 1-2 page description of teaching and mentoring philosophy, experiences, goals, and plans to address these goals. This statement should also describe past experiences with and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and mentoring (e.g., through mentoring, pedagogy, etc.).
Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Shin-Han Shiu,