I want you to grow as much as possible during your time in the Walker lab.

My philosophy as a mentor is to give you the respect and training you need to be a rigorous scientist and achieve success in whatever career you pursue. With this in mind our goal will be to foster Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose​ in what you do in the lab.

East Lansing, Michigan is a great place to do science and live. Michigan State University has a massive plant science community, the area has a low cost of living, and there are many great outdoor options in Michigan’s lakes and forests. One thing I love about Michigan is the beauty and activities of four distinct seasons; Lake Michigan Beach trips in the summer, apple picking in the fall, cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking in the spring as the new leaves come on.

Here is what we currently offer in terms of openings:

Lab Manager/Technician Position

We are in search of a lab manager to help organize the lab, run experiments and help keep our equipment running. Please visit the site below for more details and reach out if you have any questions.




Are you a student at MSU looking for research experience or to fulfill research credits? Are you checking out a summer research experience at MSU and are interested in the lab? I am always happy to talk. We prefer students in their first or second year so that you can learn the basics and be around for a few years, but have hosted juniors and seniors as well.

Graduate Students

We occasionally have new student positions available, so reach out if you are looking for rotations. If you want to talk about writing a proposal to bring in your own funding I am also happy to talk. I generally take students from the MSU Molecular Plant Sciences Program or BioMolecular Science program, but if you are applying to any graduate program at MSU and interested in fluxes and plants, let me know.

Here is a list of potential places to seek your own funding:

Note that we do not accept master’s students.

Postdoc Positions

Let me know if you are interested in a postdoc with the lab, we occasionally have openings for additional people. If you have time to put together an application for independent funding I am always happy to help you develop ideas. If you are a US resident or citizen, sometimes there are programs from the National Science Foundation or the Department of Energy. You can also look out for Fellowships through the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. If you are based outside the US we can always try for a Fulbright. If you happen to be a German resident you can also try the Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Fellowship, I am a former alumni of the program and am happy to help you craft a compelling research plan. The <a href=””>MSU Office of International Students and Scholars</a> is a great help as well for more info about life for internationals at MSU.