Research Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011900 - Biochem,MolBio,Entmology&Plant Path
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

A Research Associate (RA) position is available starting in May 2021 in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. The position is initially for one year, with the potential to extend to two or more years based on performance, funding, and need. The project focuses on understanding the molecular aspects and the plant immune signaling in plant-microbe communications. The RA will participate in two specific research projects, which are performed in collaboration with researchers in the Institute for Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics at the university. The first project studies the root microbiota using state-of-the-art technology to characterize rhizobiome communities and evaluate the biocontrol activity of rhizobiome microorganisms against soil-borne pathogens. The aim is to understand the diversity of rhizobiome microorganisms that cause specific phenotypes in soybeans, test rhizobiome isolates for beneficial activities, and utilize this knowledge to establish methods for improved growth and biological control of soil pathogens. The second project focuses on a family of thimet oligopeptidases and their cellular functions and regulation during the systemic immune response.

Salary Grade:  13

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology is a comprehensive department with an academic, research and service mission. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the College of Agriculture and Life Science, and currently advises approximately 330 undergraduates and 60 graduate students.

Area of Specialization:

Rhyzobiome Biochemistry

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The RA position to participate in the soybean rhizobiome studies is available for an individual interested in the biochemistry of plant immunity and the impact of beneficial microorganisms on plant defense. The RA will:
1. Evaluate antifungal activities of selected microorganisms
2. Develop methods for the purification and identification of proteins and active compounds.
3. Evaluate the impact of redox state on the plant immune response by studying redox-mediated signaling cascades.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in related discipline with demonstrated competence.

Salary and rank ( I, II, III, or Senior) will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in biochemistry or chemistry with research experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Preference will be given to applicants with research experience in protein and small molecule biochemistry, expertise with redox methodologies and applications in the study of enzymes, and strong research and publication records. The ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team is required.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Work mostly conducted in a laboratory setting. Light lifting, minimal exposure to chemicals,

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources
Management website at by completing the professional
application and submitting a cover letter, resume, three references, and current dated unofficial transcript. Any social numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. An official transcript will be required if selected for an interview.
For additional questions, please contact Kathy Breland at

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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