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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Institute for Quantitative Health 40001033
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

The Institute for Quantitative Health Science & Engineering (IQ) invites applications from outstanding candidates for Research Associate, Postdoctoral, Positions (fixed-term research associate) in the field of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology.

The Aguirre Lab at Michigan State University focuses on investigating the pathways that control development, regeneration and cell fate, with an emphasis on the cardiovascular system. Our final goal is to understand and harness the regenerative power within our own cells and organs for therapy. The primary goal of the successful candidate will be to characterize the role of novel bioactive lipid signaling molecules and pathways in cardiovascular development, stem cell differentiation and regeneration. This will involve work with human iPSCs, transcriptomics, LC-MS-based mass spectrometry, cardiac organoids and animal models such as the mouse and zebrafish.  The environment in the Aguirre Lab is highly multidisciplinary and collaborative. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in related secondary projects and collaborations with other IQ labs. The Aguirre Lab is highly committed to the academic and professional development of our trainees.

The Aguirre lab is located in the brand-new Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) at MSU, and has a strong core of leading scientists working collaboratively across broad disciplines including: neuroengineering, motion analytics, developmental biology, stem cell biology, systems biology, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine, chemical biology and biomedical devices.

MSU provides competitive salary and excellent benefits for the position. This position will be funded for one year with renewal yearly, for up to three years, based upon funding and performance.

For more information and to view current opportunities, visit,, .

Review of applications begins on April 22, 2019 and will remain open until filled.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, physiology, biomedical engineering, tissue engineering or related disciplines.

Desired Qualifications

Candidates must have demonstrated cell and molecular biology experience, excellent oral and written communication skills and exceptional attention to detail. The ideal candidates will be motivated and creative individuals with a commitment to academic research who can work independently as well as in team-based projects. A background or previous experience in stem cell biology, lipid biology, cardiovascular disease, mouse and/or zebrafish animal models will be beneficial.

Required Application Materials

To apply, supply a Cover Letter describing research accomplishments and interests, a current CV, and names and contact information for three references.

For more information, contact Aitor Aguirre (

Special Instructions

Please visit, for more information about the Aguirre Lab.

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Summary of Health Risks

-Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.

-Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement

The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) is dedicated to basic and applied research at the intersection of engineering, human medicine, and natural science.  We have recruited faculty from some of the top academic centers around the world.  They collaborate across disciplines to push the envelope of biomedical research, solving some of the most pressing problems in medicine with smart engineering solutions.

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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