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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Great Lakes Bioenergy Researc Ctr Vprgs 10059425
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Within GLBRC, our group studies the net ecosystem exchanges of water, energy, CO2, CH4 and N2O at three different bioenergy crops and two land use histories. Our objective is to understand the magnitude and changes of these fluxes at multiple scales. At least seven eddy-covariance flux towers have been used since 2008 at the scale-up plots of GLBRC. New ancillary sensors (e.g., SIF, phenocams, net radiometer) will be added to these towers. Cross aim and BRC collaborations are highly encouraged and possible.    

We seek a motivated candidate to join our lab to understand how bioenergy crops function toward our sustainability goals. The candidate will be responsible for maintaining the seven eddy-covariance towers, processing the data for reports and publications.

At GLBRC, we strive to provide a holistic and well-rounded experience to our Research Associates, and we recognize the importance of supporting their professional development needs to ensure their successful transition to the career of their choosing. To complement the scientific training received in their lab, Research Associates at GLBRC can:

  • Attend and present at scientific research symposiums and/or conferences.
  • Access cross-discipline research environments and training opportunities within GLBRC and cross-BRCs.
  • Benefit from integrated career and professional development support (internal and external).
  • Participate in Outreach and Community Engagement opportunities.

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 -Micrometeorology, Ecosystem Studies, Soil, Ecosystem Modeling, or related field

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. in Micrometeorology, Ecosystem Studies, Soil, Ecosystem Modeling, or related field is needed. Strong written and oral communication skills to collaborate and communicate effectively with a team of researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  • Candidates are expected to have some knowledge and experience in micrometeorology;
  • Experience working in the field and good skills in handling large data are expected
  • Experience in ecosystem models and/or remote sensing will be useful for the position

Required Application Materials

  • a cover letter (up to 2 pages) describing your interest(s) in this position and relevant skills,
  • a current CV, and
  • the name and contact information for three professional references.

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Department Statement

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC, is a cross-disciplinary and integrated research center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with Michigan State University as and other collaborators, GLBRC draws on the expertise of over 400 scientists to address today’s greatest challenges to produce transportation fuels and high-value chemicals while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Within the DOE-funded Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs) program, GLBRC collaborates with three other BRCs, each led by a DOE National Laboratory or a top university. Interactions between the centers help forge strong partnerships within the bioenergy research community in the U.S. and abroad, as well as with industry and government partners.

GLBRC is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that welcomes and supports everyone. We believe that a diverse research community is a prerequisite to conducting the foundational innovation necessary to achieve our mission.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote these values.

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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