Skip to main content

This job has expired

Director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL)

Michigan State University, DOE-Plant Research Laboratory (PRL)
East Lansing, Michigan
$275,000 - $350,000 salary range
Closing date
Jun 21, 2024

View more

Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Michigan State University invites applications for the Director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) ( This is an open-rank tenured associate or full professor position with tenure appointment in one or more academic departments within the College of Natural Science. The PRL Director will maintain an active research program related to the study of photosynthetic organisms, participate in the formulation and implementation of collaborative research activities, provide scientific leadership, actively foster a unified community, and oversee the administration of the PRL.




Successful applicants must have a Ph.D. and/or equivalent advanced degree in Plant Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or closely related fields and demonstrate a sustained record of achievement in the study of photosynthetic organisms in areas that complement and extend existing research strengths at PRL. Applicants must also demonstrate aptitude for leading scientific and administrative teams in multi-PI grants or new initiatives. Preference will be given to individuals who will support training in and nourish interdisciplinary approaches that address fundamental biological questions relevant to energy capture, conversion, deposition and use in photosynthetic organisms in natural or engineered systems, interpreted broadly.




Michigan State University is a top-ranked research university in the plant sciences and provides a stimulating atmosphere with interactive colleagues who offer exceptional breadth and depth in the study of photosynthetic organisms. The PRL, with significant and long-standing funding from the Basic Energy Sciences program of the U.S. Department of Energy, provides an excellent environment for creative research. The PRL is embedded within a broader MSU ecosystem that offers a vibrant and collaborative environment with wide-reaching strengths in plant science.


Outstanding opportunities for collaboration are available with faculty in the Colleges of Natural Science and of Agriculture & Natural Resources, as well as in interdisciplinary research programs activities such as the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Plant Resilience Institute.




Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a reflective statement of no more than five pages describing: i) research accomplishments and future research plans; ii) administrative and/or leadership experience and vision; iii) philosophy for advancements in diversity, equity, and inclusion; iv) teaching, training, or mentoring philosophy; and v) names and contact information of three references (who will not be contacted without your permission). All materials should be assembled into one PDF and uploaded to (Job no: 950632). Complete applications should be received preferably by August 15, 2024, for full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert