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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Kellogg Biological Station Nat. Sci. 10032500
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Hickory Corners
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Janzen and Bronikowski labs are recruiting three Postdoctoral Research Associates to join their new labs at Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), Michigan State University. Post-docs will work on collaborative projects studying the evolution and ecology of life histories in wild populations of reptiles. Three positions are available to work on inter-related projects including:

1. Evolutionary Ecology and Quantitative Genetics. Leveraging long-term data from a wild pedigreed population of turtles, as well as comparable information from geographically distant populations, to explore evolutionary aspects of temperature-dependent sex determination to gain insights relevant to conservation and responses to anthropogenic habitat/climate change.

2. Field Ecology and Life Histories. Co-lead field teams to continue long-term demographic, epi/genomic, and environmental data collection related to local adaptation in: i) populations of painted turtles (e.g., Turtle Camp) in collaboration with Beth Reinke, Northeastern Illinois University, and ii) the Eagle Lake Garter Snakes system.

3. Comparative Physiology and Genomics of Aging. Comparative genomics and physiology of cellular stress and repair mechanisms related to sex-specific aging in wild populations of reptiles as part of a new NSF BII across 8 institutions (NSF press release).

Prospects for training and collaboration across all of these themes are available, as well as emergent opportunities that arise from candidate interests. Our post-doctoral mentoring philosophy includes providing (1) occasions for professional development and mentoring of scholars, (2) time for independent project development, and (3) resources for outreach and activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. Successful applicants will be based at KBS within a vibrant group of post-docs, with opportunities for travel and collaboration on main campus and at other institutions.

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, Evolution, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology or a related field.

Minimum Requirements

A PhD degree in Ecology, Evolution, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology or a related field.

Desired Qualifications

  • Well-developed organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to co-lead large and productive projects.
  • Evidence of ability to publish conceptual findings in a timely fashion.
  • Position-specific experience (e.g., field work, demographic data analyses, genomics and bioinformatics, endocrinology, mitochondrial biology, etc.).
  • Previous experience with reptiles is NOT necessary.

Required Application Materials

Informal inquiries are encouraged prior to formal application.

For formal application, please submit

1) a cover letter,

2) a curriculum vitae,

3) a brief statement of research experiences/interests that incorporates efforts in DEI, and

4) names and contact information for three references.

Together-we-will Statement

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Special Instructions

Please contact Fred Janzen ( or Anne Bronikowski ( if you have any questions about these postdoctoral positions.

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