Research Associate-Fixed Term
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Job no: 717388
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College:
College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Plant Soil And Microbial Sciences 40000781
FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU), in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate for a project investigating interactions between biotic and abiotic controls on assisted migration in northern forests. The project aims to inform management actions that support resilient forest ecosystems in future climate scenarios. The Research Associate will lead a publishable literature review/meta-analysis, develop additional proposals and peer-reviewed publications that advance knowledge on assisted tree species migration, contribute to developing field study sites and experiments, and provide overall program support to project investigators. The project will provide opportunity to interact with University, Forest Service, and Wisconsin DNR researchers. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in research group and project meetings, and assist in mentoring undergraduate researcher(s) participating in the project. The position will begin as a one-year full-time appointment, with possibility of extension depending on availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Doctorate -Forest Ecology
The successful candidate will have: an earned PhD in forest ecology or related field by the position start date; demonstrated skill in statistical analysis; excellent writing skills as evidenced by a record of peer-reviewed publications; the ability to work well independently and collaboratively; demonstrated ability to successfully initiate, manage, and complete quality projects; and excellent professional communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience conducting literature reviews and/or meta-analyses, interest in research that informs forest management decisions, knowledge of the biotic and abiotic characteristics of northern forest ecosystems, experience with assisted migration topics relevant for the northern Great Lakes region, and past experience in relevant research-management collaborations. Remote work is possible and will require reliable internet connectivity as needed for videoconferences and accessing shared file space. Position requires ability to sit or stand for long periods of time to perform literature and web searches, read and synthesize peer-reviewed literature, fine motor skills as necessary for typing and interfacing with software for developing presentations and written syntheses, ability to communicate verbally over phone and videoconference, and similar activities. Up to 20% of the position will require hiking off-trail across uneven terrain, lifting and carrying up to 45 lb packs, and the ability to record detailed scientific measurements. Occasional travel for field activities and meetings is required. A valid US driver’s license and clear driving record is required.
Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. A preference for fully remote work should be specified in the cover letter.
Required Application Materials
Submit the following documents: (1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position and its relevance to your career interests; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a list of 3 professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number); and 4) three samples of professional publications. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Review of applications will begin 05 August 2021. Flexibility may be possible and requests should be indicated in the cover letter. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jessica Miesel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Summary of Physical Demands
Up to 20% of the position will require hiking off-trail across uneven terrain, lifting and carrying up to 45 lb packs, and the ability to record detailed scientific measurements. Occasional travel for field activities and meetings is required. A valid US driver’s license and clear driving record is required.
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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