Postdoctoral 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:

Two post-doctoral associate positions are available at the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, Mississippi State University of for individuals interested in identification, characterization, epidemiology and diagnosis of viruses infecting cotton and other crops of interest.

Salary Grade:  UC

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 and Plant Pathology pursues an academic research and service mission within the traditions of Land-Grant Universities. The Department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and currently advises approximately 500 undergraduate and 50 graduate students.

Area of Specialization:

Plant Virology

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2023. 

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities and duties associated with these jobs include: designing and executing experiments, field sample collection and lab analyses, HTS-based virome data analyses and publication in scientific journals. Job requires mastery of commonly used virology techniques and good bioinformatics skills. Candidates should have ability to work well in a team as well as independently. The successful applicants are expected to perform research and data analyses independently applying scientifically sound procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in molecular plant virology (pathology), biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics or related field. Strong demonstrated background in traditional virological (inoculation, purification, etc), serological and molecular lab techniques, (meta)genomics and bioinformatics. The successful candidates are expected to carry out research independently and to have excellent written and oral communication skills. The applicants must demonstrate ability for excellent record keeping and ability to organize their time effectively.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


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

Screening Date:

August 19, 2022 until filled. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

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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