Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

United States

January 6, 2024


Research Associate-Fixed Term

Apply now Job no: 755340 Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources Department: Animal Science Department Anr 10002063 Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience Location: East Lansing Categories: Agriculture, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Department of Animal Sciences at Michigan State University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work on the quantitative genetics of feed efficiency, including the use of data from sensors to predict feed intakes on individual cows. A major focus of this position will be to help collate data from multiple project collaborators and help develop statistical and data mining tools to improve the accuracy of genomic predictions of feed efficiency in US dairy cattle and to help farms make culling decisions to improve feed efficiency. The position is initially for one year renewable annually contingent on performance and availability of funding. The starting date is flexible but preferably shortly after March 1, 2022. Review of applications will start immediately, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Salary is commensurate with experience plus benefits.

This position is initially for one year, renewable annually based on performance, with a possibility of an extension based on the availability of funding.

Specific Position Duties

Research (100%)

Work with large heterogeneous datasets deriving from multiple collaborators.

Develop methods and computer programs to conduct data analyses

Regularly discuss research ideas and analyses with collaborators

Have the primary responsibility for writing scientific publications.

Present results at national and international scientific meetings

Write grant applications to major funding agencies

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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -animal Breeding and Genetics, Statistics

Minimum Requirements

PhD in relevant scientific area including Animal Breeding and Genetics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Data Science or related area.

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in computer programming, particularly R and C or C++ or FORTRAN with the ability to communicate with databases and to handle large data files.

  • A strong record of achievement as demonstrated by journal publications.

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to liaise with industry

  • High level of understanding of quantitative genetics and its role in animal improvement programs.

  • Ability to work independently but also as a team player

  • A strong work ethic and a commitment to becoming an independent scientist

  • Excellent skills in scientific writing

  • Required Application Materials
  • Cover letter

  • 1 page description of research experience as well as qualifications and interest in this position

  • CV including prior positions, publications and technical expertise

  • Contact information of three references who may be contacted

  • Together-we-will Statement

    The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https: //

    Special Instructions

    For more information about this position, please contact Rob Tempelman (

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    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.

    Advertised: Jan 6, 2022 Eastern Standard Time Applications close: Jan 6, 2024 Eastern Standard Time

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