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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Epidemiology And Biostatistics 10022273
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, 1/2 Time (50-64.9%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University invites applications for a half-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position supervised by Professor Jim Anthony. The successful candidate will focus on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ‘Diversity Matters’ initiatives, helping to build new science education and research training programs, and concurrently to work up one or more NIH research career development applications intended to foster the candidate’s own NIH/National Institute of Drug Abuse capacities for future independent research. 

Building MSU capacity to compete successfully for NIH. The position is for an initial three-month term appointment with an expectation of renewal based on job performance and available funding. 1/2 Time (50-64.9%) 

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 -Epidemiology

Minimum Requirements

  • Career commitment to understanding health inequities and epidemiological studies to address those inequities.
  • At least one year of recent experience of work on an NIH/NIDA R25 science education program.
  • Prior experience building NIH/NIDA T32 research training program applications.
  • Strong epidemiological and statistical skills
  • Proficiency in statistical analytic software, especially R, Stata, & SAS
  • Past authorship with R-scripts for Hill functional analysis and both Bayesian and frequentist meta-analysis.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Relevant dissertation and publication record
  • Experience working with NIH/NIDA-oriented datasets (e.g., NSDUH, ABCD).
  • Experience working with case-crossover and probability sample study designs.
  • Demonstrated capacities for independence in research.

Required Application Materials

Candidates should submit:

  • an NIH biographical sketch with a personal statement that describes career commitment
  • a cover letter, with point-by-point coverage of the minimum requirements and, if appropriate, the ‘desired qualifications’
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • and a statement describing your commitment to and experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in your research, teaching, and service (1 page limit.)
  • Please include names, email addresses and telephone numbers of the primary advisor of the most recently completed doctoral degree training or research project and two other senior-level references who have agreed to be contacted if letters of reference are requested.

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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.


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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