Research Associate-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

We are seeking a highly-motivated Research Associate (Post-Doc) to join Dr. Yu Zhang’s laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. The focus of the Zhang lab is to identify mechanisms that promote antibody diversification and suppress associated oncogenic lesions in B lymphocytes. The research associate will majorly work on a project investigating how 3D genome organization impact the processes of antibody diversification. The project will employ cell line and mouse models with a variety of state of art approaches, including CRIPSR/Cas9 mediated genome manipulation and various next generation sequencing techniques. For more information, please check Dr. Zhang’s website and recent publications at: Directory | College of Natural Science | Michigan State University (


This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position with reappointment contingent on satisfactory performance and available funding.

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


Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology or a related field and at least one first-author research paper on peer-reviewed journals is required. 

Desired Qualifications

The successful applicant will have experience in molecular biology and genetics.  Experience with next generation sequencing, mouse models and immunology are preferred, but not required.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter with a description of research interest and accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Please contact Dr. Yu Zhang at [email protected] with any questions.

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Summary of Health Risks

Some duties in this position may include exposure to human blood, serum, tissue, work with animals or unfixed animal tissue, ethedium bromide and other risks that have been identified by Environmental Health and Safety.


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.


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