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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Psychology Social Science 10038698
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

Working/Functional Title

Research Fellow

Position Summary

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. NiCole T. Buchanan and join a collaborative, interdisciplinary NSF‐funded research team examining Equity in Higher Education. In this ongoing project, Dr. Buchanan is examining barriers to equity and inclusion in higher education for faculty (and by proxy, for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students), with a particular focus on individuals from marginalized groups (e.g., faculty of color, women). Some specific foci include experiences of scholarly devaluation, exclusion and tokenism, and the role of the academic climate in their experiences. This project involves both quantitative and qualitative data and the research fellow will work alongside other postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate researchers. The primary responsibility of the research fellow will be to conduct scholarly (60%), administrative (25%), and human resource (15%) activities on research projects at MSU. Scholarly activities include survey development, administration, and data analysis; manuscript preparation; and scholarly presentations; and grant proposal preparation. Administrative activities include website development and maintenance; human subjects application preparation and submission; project documentation; project coordination; and report preparation. Human resource activities include payroll and budget support, coordinating meetings and scholarly activities with members of the research team across three institutions, and assisting with the training and supervision of graduate students and undergraduate research assistants. Opportunities for training, professional development, and conference attendance will be provided by the team as well as through the MSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (

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 -Psychology or related field

Minimum Requirements

Proficiency with quantitative data analysis. Proficiency with NVIVO, SPSS, or similar software programs. Research interests in organizational or applied social psychology, inequality, and/or underrepresentation in higher education contexts.

Desired Qualifications

Strong publication track record with some first author publications. Experience working in collaborative groups or teams. Experience supervising or managing others.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a CV, names and contact information for three references, and a 2‐3 page research statement summarizing your research experiences to date as well as your long‐term career goals.

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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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