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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Entomology Agriculture And Natural Res 10002268
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 50637.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Herbivory Variability Network ( and The Wetzel Lab at Michigan State University ( invite applications for a Research Associate (postdoctoral) position to serve as a research leader and a postdoc coordinator within The Herbivory Variability Network (HerbVar).

HerbVar is an NSF-funded Research Coordination with the goal of bringing together plant-herbivore scientists from around the world to understand how plant–herbivore interactions vary across the planet, across ecosystems, and across the plant phylogeny. A major focus of the project is the variability itself. We aim to understand what leads some plant species to have high variability and others to have lower variability in their interactions with herbivores.

The postdoc would analyze data, write papers, give presentations, help set synthesis and analysis priorities, organize working groups, participate in network activities, and assist with central network coordination. The postdoc could focus on any one or more of the project’s four broad objectives: (1) synthesizing ideas and existing data (including our dataset with 750+ herbivory surveys), (2) developing a statistical toolbox and theory for studying interaction variability, (3) coordinating globally distributed data collection, and (4) advancing undergraduate and graduate education on studying variability.

The initial appointment is for one year with potential for renewal for a total of 2-3 years. Remote work is a possibility, although in-person network meetings will be required 1-3 times per year.

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.


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 -Ecology, evolutionary biology, or related

Minimum Requirements

Successful publication record

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working collaboratively
  • Experience leading group science or synthesis
  • Strong skills in statistics and data science

Required Application Materials

Candidates should submit (1) a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, including a description of your interest or experience in fostering an inclusive environment, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information for three references, and (4) two representative publications.

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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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