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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 745634
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Agricultural Food And Resource Economics 10002036
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University’s Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to analyze the economics of cover crop subsidy payments. The successful candidate will work closely with MSU AFRE faculty members Drs. Frank Lupi, Matthew Gammans, and Scott Swinton, as well as collaborators at the USDA Economic Research Service, to develop, implement, and analyze a farmer survey on adoption of potential USDA conservation contracts.

The focus of this position is to engage in and undertake the development of a choice experiment survey to estimate farmer willingness-to-accept for alternative cover crop contract designs. The research associate will execute the following activities:

  • Assist in developing, testing, and piloting a stated preference survey
  • Assist with analysis of survey preference data
  • Assist with analyses of existing USDA cover crop program enrollment and re-enrollment data, using Stata or R
  • Coordinate project organization and logistics

The research associate will be compensated commensurate with qualifications and will receive health care as a part of the MSU benefits package (details at  

The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. For more information on the department, see:

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.

Required Degree

Doctorate -agricultural economics or environmental

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in agricultural economics or environmental and resource economics by March 1, 2022, as well as an outstanding ability to perform quantitative modeling and analysis. Experience in econometric methods and survey design and testing, excellent communication and organizational skills, and an interest in working on policy-relevant agricultural and environmental issues will be among the selection criteria. Knowledge and experience with statistical programming software is necessary, and experience with R and/or Stata is beneficial. Appointment will be on an annual basis with the potential for one year renewal based on satisfactory performance. The position is available immediately and will be open until it is filled. The start date is negotiable, but it should be no later than March 1, 2022.

Required Application Materials

Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. To apply, please refer to job #745634 and complete an electronic submission at The following documents are required to be uploaded: (1) curriculum vita, (2) a letter describing research interests and experience, (3) a recent research paper and (4) names and contact information for three references. Inquiries about the position should be sent to Frank Lupi at

Together-we-will Statement

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Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. 

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Department Statement

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.  Candidates are invited to view the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics' community norms at

MSU Statement

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