Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
July 13, 2025
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Research Associate-Fixed Term

Apply now Job no: 880741 Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences 10046518 Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience Location: East Lansing Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Research Associate Fixed-Term

Position Summary

The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences is seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual to conduct research at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in the Contreras AdipoLab.

The candidate will have the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary group on different projects related to adipose tissue biology in the context of metabolic and chronic diseases using dairy cows, rats, and mice as animal models.

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in physiology, immunology, biology, or related field with strong and demonstrated background in adipose tissue biology, molecular biology and cell culture. Hands-on research experience in a broad range of techniques, including advanced genomic applications, multi- color flow cytometry, cell sorting, primary cell isolation, in vivo/ex vivo cellular/tissue assays focusing on adipocyte/macrophages and experience with dairy cattle and rodents as animal models is expected. The position also requires the ability to lead projects, and work co-operatively with team members. Ideal candidates will have excellent organizational, time management, and multitasking skills. Other duties may include supervision of other laboratory members, and participation in the writing of grants and manuscripts. This group also has active collaborations with other research groups within Michigan State University and around the world.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The college's mission is to be inclusive as we learn, discover, heal, and protect. As a college, we aim to identify, attract, and retain talented students, faculty, and staff reflective of the diversity of the populations in our state, the nation, and the world. Our academic, scholarly, and service roles, considered separately and collectively, form the foundation of an inclusive culture committed to respecting, nurturing, and advancing all individuals.

CVM Core Value of Diversity We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided opportunities to flourish and open doors in their pursuit of excellence. We encourage and welcome our community to share ideas surrounding opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The College's vision is to be the destination for teaching, innovation, care, and service. Six goals, backed by specific strategies, guide our organization as we move forward. Read more at https: // planning-2021-26/goals to learn about the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine's goals, strategies, and progress.

Michigan State University is located on one of the nation's largest and most beautiful campuses, and the University is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists, teachers, and leaders. East Lansing's collegiate atmosphere is complimented by the low cost of living with convenient access to large cultural centers such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. East Lansing and surrounding communities provide excellent public school systems. In addition, Michigan, the Great Lakes State, with its numerous inland lakes and rivers, state and national parks, national lakeshores, world-class golf courses, and ample snowfall, offers a broad variety of seasonal outdoor recreational activities. For more details, visit the Pure Michigan© website Pure Michigan Official Travel & Tourism Website for Michigan.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -PhD, Physiology, Immunology, Biology

Minimum Requirements
  • PhD, Physiology, Immunology, Biology or related field.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • DVM, Dairy Cattle Medicine
  • Required Application Materials

    • Cover Letter • Current curriculum vitae • Names and contact information for three professional references

    Special Instructions

    This is an off-dated position funded for 12 months from date of hire, with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal. Interested individuals wishing for more information are invited and encouraged to contact Dr. Andres Contreras by email at [email protected].

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    Summary of Health Risks
  • Works with animals and unfixed animal tissue
  • Work with animals including dairy cows and rodents
  • Website

    https: //

    Department Statement

    The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (LCS) is educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and providing the finest clinical services available.

    Our diverse faculty focuses on areas ranging from dairy, food animal, and specialized equine services to intensive research and student training. They work closely with students pursuing DVM degrees, veterinarians in internship and residency programs, and MS and PhD students. Learning to better understand, diagnose, and treat disease takes place in some of the most advanced facilities and laboratories. Faculty and students work together to find new solutions and put them into practice for a better world.

    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: Jul 13, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time Applications close: Jul 13, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

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