Research Associate-Fixed Term

Job no: 538119
Position type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Location: East Lansing
Division/Equivalent: College Of Social Science
School/Unit: Political Science 10038676
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

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Position Summary

The Political Science Department at Michigan State University (MSU) invites outstanding candidates from political science disciplines to apply to a Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellowship. The purpose of this position is to support promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy. The initial appointment will be for one year, with an option for reappointment for another year based on funding and performance.

The position begins on January 1, 2019. Individuals without a doctoral degree may be appointed with the rank of Research Associate for nine months. Any reappointment beyond nine months requires proof of a degree or a statement from the Dean of the Graduate School, or other appropriate University official, that the requirements have been completed.

Special consideration will be given to those with research interest in race, ethnicity, gender, inequality or the intersection of gender with minority politics in the United States.  The successful applicant will be housed in the Department of Political Science. They must be in residence at Michigan State University during the academic year and are expected to participate in the Political Science Department’s seminars and research seminars, as well as occasional lectures, conferences, and other events. Successful candidates should also demonstrate evidence of securing external research funding, a record of publishing high quality research, advanced methodological research interests, and a strong future research agenda. Research support money will be available to access. There is no teaching requirement for this position.

The successful candidate will be expected to work with Eric Gonzalez Juenke and Nazita Lajevardi to enhance the department’s research agenda in Minority Politics, through the publication of co-authored work with minority politics faculty and graduate students.

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applicants and or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

A PhD in Political Science needs to be obtained within 9 months of the start date.

Required Application Materials

Cover letter, CV, research statement, two samples of written work, diversity and inclusion statement and the names and contact information for three reference letters.

Special Instructions

Please arrange for at least three letters of recommendations to be submitted directly from your referees.

Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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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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