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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 749415
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Ctr For Statistical Training Consulting 10059650
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Statistician - Research Academic Specialist

Position Summary

The MSU Center for Statistical Training and Consulting ( is part of Michigan State University’s infrastructure for facilitating excellence in research. CSTAT invites applications for a Research Academic Specialist with anticipated start date January 10, 2022 (an alternative start date may be negotiated).  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, or a quantitative STEM field (e.g. Social Sciences, Natural Sciences) by the start of the appointment, or show evidence that they will receive their degree within six months of that start date. 

Several research topics are of interest, for example Bayesian modeling, Bayesian statistics, data science related areas, or information sciences.

Successful candidates will (1) apply statistical, computational, and scientific expertise to the design, implementation, research data management and analysis, interpretation, and reporting of original research studies; (2) participate in developing or delivering CSTAT workshops to the general University audience; (3) work with collaborative research teams on research projects.

The expected duration of this fixed term position is 2 years, subject to satisfactory progress, and can be extended depending on funding.

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 -Statistics, Biostatistics, or quantitative field

Minimum Requirements

  • The job requires a Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, or a quantitative field (e.g. Social Sciences, Natural Sciences);
  • excellent programming skills in a statistical software, e.g. R or Python;
  • a strong background in statistical modeling;
  • or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills are essential.

Desired Qualifications

  • Two or more years of experience using at least one major statistical software program (e.g. R, Python, SAS, STATA, or others);
  • ability to evaluate data quality using common statistical software programs;
  • track record demonstrating success in collaborative research projects and report writing;
  • two or more years of experience in statistical collaboration and data analysis;
  • ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • experience preparing instructional materials on statistical methods, tools, and practices, or experience teaching audiences how to apply them;
  • highly self-motivated, excellent organizational and project management skills.

Required Application Materials

The application should contain a brief cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position as described above, previous research experiences and future plans, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references (letters will be requested as needed).

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Department Statement

CSTAT is a unit within the Office of Research and Innovation at MSU and has a proud tradition of collaborating with internationally renowned researchers. CSTAT provides employees with a diverse, challenging set of duties that foster learning new skills and knowledge and a collegial environment where employees regularly share information, ideas, resources, and solutions to problems. CSTAT invests in employees by providing on-the-job training, mentoring, and coaching; and providing financial support for professional development.

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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