Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Website Michigan State University Department of Physiology

Posting Snapshot:

The McCabe Lab is seeking a Research Associate – Fixed Term to assist in the research of the mechanisms involved in the gut-bone signaling axis and to identify therapeutics that target the gut in order to prevent osteoporosis.


Position Summary:

The highly collaborative McCabe laboratory takes an interdisciplinary approach to study the mechanisms involved in the gut-bone signaling axis and to identify therapeutics that target the gut in order to prevent osteoporosis. The successful applicant will utilize cell culture, mouse models, and human studies to identify signals and factors mediating bone health under standard, aging, and disease conditions. They will also be involved in laboratory leadership (training of students), interacting with other faculty, and developing proposal/manuscript writing skills. This position would be an excellent springboard to an academic or industrial position.
Experience in experimental design, statistics/data analyses are critical and experience in at least 3 of the following areas is desired. We will also train the selected applicant as needed.
-Mammalian Cell culture
-Rodent studies: disease models, diet, bone (microcomputed tomography, blood measures), gut, tumor analyses
-Human studies: assisting clinical coordinator, obtaining and analyzing samples
-Strong writing and speaking/communication skills

Responsibilities will include training and supervising graduate/undergraduate students in their research and contributing to technical publications and proposals. The candidate will have extensive opportunities to publish, and access to exceptional resources to facilitate their independent research. The position provides salary commensurate with experience. The salary range has been established by NIH guidelines. You can review them at The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based
on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training. Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Michigan
State University and the McCabe Lab provide generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
This position funded for one (1) year from date of hire with extension contingent on satisfactory performance and available funding. The duties to be performed by this position require regular in-person presence in East Lansing, MI, and is not remote-friendly. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This position will require successful completion of standard background checks. 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.


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.

Min. Qualifications:

Candidates must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in a biomedical field such as physiology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, or related
before the first day of employment. The candidate should have evidence of prior productive scientific work in publications in peer-reviewed journals. Candidate must have a record of hands-on research experience in molecular biology, cell biology and/or biochemistry in the specific research area. Ability to demonstrate that they are detail oriented, highly self-motivated, organized, and enthusiastic to work both individually and as part of a collaborative and multidisciplinary team.

Degree Requirements:


Preference will be given to candidates with:
-Previous experience working in a research laboratory
-Lab management experience
-Excellent and effective communication skills
-Demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion and multicultural perspectives and develop and foster trust in a culture of collaboration
-Experience in experimental design, statistics/data analyses are critical and experience in at least 3 of the following areas is desired.

Exposure to Health Risks:

Employees may work with or near human and/or animal blood and/or tissues; live animals; bio-hazardous chemicals and materials; viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens; radioactive materials; medical waste; and sharp instruments.

Physical Demands:

This position may involve pushing wheel carts with supplies or equipment on them and lifting objects less than 10 pounds.

Complete applications must be submitted electronically and include:
-Resume or CV
-Three (3) contact information of professional references knowledgeable of your work
-Cover letter detailing your relevant experiences and how you will contribute to building an inclusive lab culture
*If selected as a finalist for the position, three letters of professional reference will be requested to be sent directly from the

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