Research Associate-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

The Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University, in collaboration with Motion Grazer AI (, is seeking a Postdoctoral research associate whose work focuses on precision/smart livestock farming. The selected candidate will leverage state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D imaging technologies for real-time monitoring and health detection of sows (adult female pigs). The successful candidate will be expected to meet with Dr. Yuzhen Lu and collaborators to review progress and discuss best practice in experiments, algorithm developments and testing, manuscript preparation, mentoring, and grant writing. 

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

The candidate must have formal training experiences in image acquisition and processing, computer vision and deep learning analytics. It is essential that the candidate has excellent speaking and writing skills and the ability and desire to work in an interdisciplinary research team. The candidate must also establish and conduct a research program resulting in high-quality publications.

Applicants are required to have an earned Ph.D. degree in one of the following disciplines: Biosystems/Agricultural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related field.

Desired Qualifications

The preferred candidate is expected to have research backgrounds demonstrated via holding relevant degrees and/or completing significant research in AI and 3D computer vision for animal detection, tracking, and health assessment.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter, a complete CV, academic transcripts, contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) for 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. Yuzhen Lu at [email protected] for more information.

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Department Statement

The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at MSU is a national leader in education, research, and outreach. The department has been fully engaged in meeting the changing needs of society since 1906. Today, the department's mission is to improve quality of life by integrating and applying principles of engineering and biology to systems involving food, environment, energy, and health. 

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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