Postdoctoral Associate (L,P,S)

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month, Time-Limited
Department: 010300 - Ag & Bio Engineering
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The appointment is 100% research under the academic supervision of Dr. Jessica Drewry. The successful candidate will collaborate on a USDA sponsored project on modeling transport phenomena in the hatchery environment to reduce host/pathogen interactions.

Salary Grade:  UC

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Department Profile:

ABE has 18 on-campus faculty members engaged in teaching, research, and extension, as well as several other faculty members at MSU-affiliated research centers and adjuncts employed elsewhere. The department is co-administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Bagley College of Engineering, and it offers undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees in three distinct program areas: Biomedical Engineering and Biosystems Engineering, which are both accredited by ABET, and Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business. Within these programs, the department has over 400 undergraduates and 40 graduate students. The J. Charles Lee Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building includes more than 6,000 square feet of state-of-the-art instructional and research facilities, and it includes separate labs for sterile tissue culture, biomechanical testing, environmental and agricultural simulation or modeling studies, electronic/robotic design fabrication and testing, GPS/GIS, renewable bioenergy, and student computing resources. More information about ABE can be found at

MSU, a Carnegie Foundation R1-Very High Research Activity Doctoral University, is a comprehensive public institution with more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 1,500 fulltime faculty members. Representative of the American land-grant tradition yet distinctive in character and spirit, MSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. MSU’s researchers are assisted by a supportive research administration to place MSU among the top 100 universities in the nation in research and development in the sciences and engineering. A member of the Southeastern Conference, MSU is a major athletic competitor on the national stage, having won the NCAA baseball national championship in 2021. The university is located in Starkville, Mississippi, a historic city with a population of about 25,000, roughly 2 hours by car from Memphis, Birmingham, and Jackson and roughly 4 hours from New Orleans, Atlanta, and Nashville. Starkville is a vibrant college town with several signature weekend events highlighting arts, culture, and sports. Its location opens doors to adventures and relaxation in natural settings. Like the state of Mississippi, Starkville is also known for its southern hospitality, welcomes all people and embraces diversity. Websites for the Chamber of Commerce ( and city schools ( are good sources of additional information.

Area of Specialization:

Sensors and Instrumentation for Experimental Data Collection

Anticipated Appointment Date:

September 1, 2024. 

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties will include data acquisition system development, experimental design and data collection, assisting with development of computational fluid dynamics models, collaboration with other team members, drafting publications, and other tasks within the scope of the project as assigned. The project will require occasional trips to experimental site and travel to scientific meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Biosystems or Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other closely related field. Experience in development of data acquisition systems and experimental data collection.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with computational fluid dynamics modeling and first-authored publication(s) in the peer-reviewed literature.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidate must have experience with data acquisition systems and good oral and written communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Occasional field work in commercial hatchery facilities required.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply Online at and include cover letter, resume and three references with contact information. Official transcripts with social security number redacted will be required if hired.

Screening Date:

April 19, 2024, 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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