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Applications must be submitted online at Please provide a CV/resume, including contact information for two references, and a cover letter including a brief description of relevant prior experience and/or particular reason for interest in the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We particularly welcome applications from historically marginalized/underrepresented backgrounds/identities. Contact Prof. Smith by email at with any questions about the position.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


The RA will be responsible for specimen collection, data collection and processing, and data management in support of the PI’s and graduate and undergraduate student research related to an NSF-funded project on monocot macroevolution. A majority of the work will be on living plant specimens in order to build a large morphological data set. Additional duties may include acquiring and processing microCT data, student supervision, and travel to collections to acquire samples.

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor’s degree in Botany or related field; familiarity with plant structure and terminology; proficiency with computer programs such as Excel, ImageJ, Photoshop; experience in wet lab and/or with microscope; good communication and organization skills; and ability to work as part of a team as well as independently are needed.

Desired Qualifications*

Knowledge of flowering plant anatomy, morphology, and phylogenetics, especially of fruit/seed structure and/or leaves; demonstrated experience working with collections or specimens. On-the-job training will be provided as needed.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. 

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Additional Information

We are looking for a full-time person (40 hrs. /week) at a salary of $ $32,000 - $40,000 plus benefits. This position will be for one year, with a possibility of renewal for a second year.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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