Welcome to the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. With expertise ranging from ecosystems services and disease management, to plant breeding, genomics, and food safety, we provide leadership and deliver programs that are internationally recognized and respected and have impact at local, national, and international levels. To provide this leadership, we work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner to effectively address complex problems and emerging threats that challenge food production and security. Above all, we value our missions of teaching, extension/outreach, research, international, service, and stewardship. We are home to 70 faculty, 100 graduate students, 86 post-docs and staff members, and 200 undergraduate and certificate students.
For more information see our mission statement.
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Career Opportunity - Sugarbeet Systems Research and Extension Specialist
The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences is now looking for applicants for a Sugarbeet Systems Research and Extension Specialist (Fixed Term (12-month 100% basis) appointment.) The position entails 50% Extension and 50% Research. Details on the position and how to apply can be found here: Sugarbeet Research and Extension Position.
Temporary and Student Jobs:
The MSU Potato Outreach Program is seeking a qualified applicant to assist with collection of data in on-farm variety trials and research projects located at the Montcalm Research Center. Daily activities will revolve around harvesting research plots and collecting data on crop yields and quality. The position will also provide opportunity for the right candidate to learn about commercial potato production and on-farm research in Michigan. Download Job description to learn more.
Additionally, the MSU Potato Outreach Program is seeking 2-3 undergraduate research aides to assist with fall harvesting operations, grading, and data collection. Daily activities will revolve around collecting data on potato yields and quality. The position will also provide undergraduates hands-on research experience learning about commercial potato production and on-farm research in Michigan.
Meet an Alumnus: Dr. Joseph Byrum
A degree from the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences gave notable alum Joseph Byrum the essential analytical and intellectual tools to succeed in a growing biotechnology industry.
Byrum credits PSM’s emphasis on strategic thinking to his success in his role as Syngenta’s global head of product development.
“The balanced curriculum grounded in quantitative training provide the background to succeed,” Byrum said.