Research Lab and Equipment Coordinator, Research Assistant I

Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
East Lansing, Michigan
Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time professional position with benefits.
Closing date
Nov 6, 2021

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Research Assistant I

Department of Forestry, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University

Research Lab and Equipment Coordinator

Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University invites applications for a full-time, Research Assistant who will be responsible for laboratory/wood shop management and technical assistance in support of research and teaching activities in the department.  This position is in support of multiple projects and external grants.  This is a union position.

The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining all department lab and wood shop equipment, instruments, and related apparatus, to include in-house repair, certifications, calibrations and maintenance as well as coordinating outside service contracts and contractors; develop and obtain approved internal and external testing rates for all lab and wood shop equipment; develop and manage lab and wood shop equipment reservation system; supervise and review the work of students and/or temporary employees; train and provide guidance to employees, undergraduate/graduate students, and interns on equipment, instruments and procedures; oversee all lab and wood shop safety protocol and training, ensuring they are within the environmental, health and safety guidelines set forth by the University; develops lab and wood shop manuals that detail operating procedures and outline safety protocols for equipment and processes; organize lab and woodshop cleanings with students to always maintain clean spaces; communicate with faculty to exchange information on lab/woodshop activities and receive instruction; independently perform biomass characterizations using HPLC, NMR, DSC, TGA, FTIR, GC, Instron, Rheometer, and elemental analyzer; conduct bioproduct performance testing after being trained; maintain materials, methods and records of experimental procedures and evaluations of accumulated data; identify opportunities for lab/woodshop growth and improvement; conduct fee-for-service work for outside researchers; lead key initiatives and efforts; develop network of professionals; and perform other duties as assigned that are necessary to manage the lab and woodshop functions of the department.

Required Qualifications: Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in the specific field of research employment or related science field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in standard laboratory procedures and safety requirements and performing analytical and research techniques in an area related to research being performed; may require software specific to the area of research; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The position may require special licensing or certification in the field related to the area of employment.

Desired Qualifications:  Bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry, wood science, or a related field, previous lab management experience or equivalent (e.g., teaching analytical chemistry labs), experience with woodworking equipment, excellent organization, project management skills, good interpersonal and communication skills, and proven commitment to completing work in timely manner with a high level of professionalism.

Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA.  Formally established in 1902, Michigan State’s Department of Forestry was among the first undergraduate forestry programs in the U.S. and is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. The Department is a vibrant, growing, internationally recognized unit committed to interdisciplinary education, research, and extension to understand and resolve environmental and natural resource issues.

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to Michigan’s capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

To Apply: For consideration, submit your application online at to position number 737507.  Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that details your qualifications for the position; b) current resume/curriculum vitae; c) contact information for three professional references (email address and phone number).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadline: The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. The position is targeted to begin on December 1, 2021.  Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Mojgan Nejad at or Dr. George Berghorn at

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


MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life.


Michigan State University is a major U.S. public doctoral degree–granting university with very high research activity, global reach, and reputation.  MSU is a world leader in basic and applied research in the areas of nuclear physics, global agrifood, plant sciences, supply chain management, and teacher education.

Founded in 1855, MSU is the nation’s pioneer land-grant university upon whose philosophy the Morrill Act was shaped.  It is one of only 18 land-grant universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities, among the top 100 research universities in the world, a member of the Big Ten athletic conference, and a member of The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA).  The University is located in East Lansing, Michigan, three miles from the state capitol in Lansing.

At MSU, instruction, research, and outreach are integrated to make the institution an innovative, responsive public resource for the 21st century.  The University is known for its high-quality undergraduate experience, which emphasizes participation in research, study abroad, and service-learning.

 MSU is noted for its outreach and partnerships both in Michigan and around the world.  In Michigan, MSU is active in outreach activities in every county through MSU Extension, and other programs.  Internationally, MSU has more than 250 active linkage partnerships in some 60 countries with international higher education institutions, government agencies, institutes, and research organizations.

The University’s extraordinary international engagement also is reflected by its position as one of the leading public university in the nation for study abroad participation. MSU ranks in the top 10 among public universities for both study abroad participation and international student enrollment.

Today, MSU leverages the land-grant notion that extraordinary potential lies in ordinary individuals to create circumstances in which that potential may be achieved.  In communities from Michigan to Malawi, our faculty and students deliver education, research and outreach capabilities that focus on solving the world’s most pressing problems—from ensuring safe food and water supplies and developing lifesaving vaccines to exploring alternative energy and preparing a new generation of urban educators.

A diverse and inclusive academic community, in fall 2013 MSU enrolled just over 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries and engaged nearly 2,000 tenure system faculty members.  The University offers 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges comprised of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Letters, Eli Broad College of Business/Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Human Medicine, James Madison College, College of Law, Lyman Briggs College, College of Music, College of Natural Science, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Social Science, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.  A number of MSU programs are nationally recognized or ranked, with 14 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 and 21 programs in the top 20 nationally by U.S. News & World Report (2017).  For an extensive list of MSU’s rankings and recognitions, please visit .

A recent indication of MSU’s excellence and impact is its selection in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams—a $730 million facility that will advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes to fuel breakthrough applications as it provides research opportunities for scientists and students from around the globe.

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University Leadership

Michigan State University is governed by an elected Board of Trustees composed of eight members serving eight-year terms. Additional information about the MSU Board of Trustees can be found at:

John Engler is the Interim President of Michigan State University. Interim President Engler served as the 46th governor of the state of Michigan, serving three terms from 1991 to 2003. Previous to Engler’s tenure as governor he served 20 years in the Michigan Legislature, including seven years as state Senate majority leader. He is a graduate of MSU with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics and earned a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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Faculty and Staff

MSU employs more than 5,600 faculty and academic staff. The University’s faculty includes members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the top 100 research-intensive universities in the world, notable faculty such as Dr. Robert Grubbs, who won the Noble Prize in Chemistry in 2005, began his career at MSU. In 2007, Albert Fert, an Adjunct Professor in MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, won the Nobel Prize in Physics with other colleagues.

MSU also employs approximately 7,100 non-academic staff, a majority of whom are represented by collective bargaining agreements.  MSU has been very innovative in working with the Coalition of Labor Organizations which includes representatives from their respective bargaining units who are active participants in the development and communication of policies and programs affecting faculty and staff. 

Strategic Vision

To focus its energy and resources, Michigan State University, operates under Bolder by Design. The initiative is comprised of six strategic imperatives:

  • Enhance the student experience—by continually improving the quality of academic programs and the value of an MSU degree for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Enrich community, economic, and family life—through research, outreach, engagement, entrepreneurship, innovation, and diversity.
  • Expand international reach—through academic, research, and economic development initiatives and global, national, and local strategic alliances.
  • Increase research opportunities—by significantly expanding research funding and involvement of graduate and undergraduate students in research and scholarship.
  • Strengthen stewardship—by appreciating and nurturing the University’s financial assets, campus infrastructure, and people for optimal effectiveness today and tomorrow.
  • Advancing our culture of high performance – acting individually and collectively in units and across units, to seize the opportunity to elevate expectations and work performance.

For additional information on Michigan State University please visit: and

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