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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 815805
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Forestry 10002360
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking an outstanding Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) to lead or assist with all phases of research on a long-term project focused on temperate forest dynamics in response to climate change across gradients of soil moisture. Project focal areas include effects of climate on dispersal, seedling survivorship, mature tree growth and survival, and stand productivity. Data sets, some spanning 20+ years, include annual seedling establishment and survivorship; resource measurements (% canopy openness and soil nutrients); mapped forest stands; mature tree survivorship and growth; and local weather station data. The successful candidate is expected to author/co-author publications based on existing long-term data on seedling and try dynamics and will manage databases, analyze and interpret data in a modeling framework (preferably Bayesian), and assist in managing the project (including supervision of undergraduate assistants and overseeing summer field data collection). The position holds the potential for extending research in new directions and to collaboratively pursue additional research funding.  MSU’s strengths in quantitative ecological methods provide a collaborative environment that supports success. The position will begin as a one‐year appointment with available extensions, depending on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Statistics/Forestry/Ecology or related

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate must have an earned PhD in Statistics, Forestry, Ecology or closely field, expertise in managing large and complex datasets, modeling experience  using Bayesian and/or Maximum Likelihood approaches, and familiarity with R and/or other programming languages; strong skills in written and verbal communication; and experience in managing personnel and projects. 

Desired Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include documented ability to bring projects to completion (publication record), successful grant writing skills, evidence of effective independent and collaborative work, and project management experience.

Required Application Materials

Upload the following required documents: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position and research interests, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) a writing sample (preferably a journal article or dissertation chapter), and 4) a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number).

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Special Instructions

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.



Department Statement

At MSU Forestry, our mission is to generate and translate knowledge of trees, forests and associated natural and human systems to advance sustainable solutions for people and ecosystems. We create the future of sustainable forestry through innovative research, learning and outreach. We agree with and support University initiatives that are designed to create a welcoming, safe and inclusive collegiate community. We value the uniqueness that every person adds. Faculty and staff are committed to fostering open dialogue and supportive communication. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees work and personal life and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

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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