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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Nursing
Department: Nursing 10033616
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Health Care Professional, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

The Michigan State University (MSU) College of Nursing invites applications for a Research Associate (postdoctoral fellow) with a focus on the research areas of Symptom Science and Management, Health Promotion and Illness Prevention, and Health Services Research. The goal of this position is to provide exceptional mentored research and training experiences in the areas of quantitative methods, qualitative methods, mixed methods, literature synthesis, implementation science, and data science.

MSU College of Nursing is part of a vibrant and diverse research, education, and practice community. The college places a strong emphasis on its efforts to increase diversity, address health equity, and be a leader in inclusive excellence practices, offering a rich research, mentoring, and teaching environment with robust and growing PhD and DNP programs. The Center for Nursing Research, Scholarship & Innovation supports the College's research strategic priorities by increasing research productivity in focused areas of excellence to remain among the top NIH-funded nursing programs, expand team science, and advance the state of science with a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

College faculty collaborate across professions, other colleges, and universities and have current or recent funding from NIH, HRSA, and several other local, regional, and national organizations. College faculty also collaborate with a wide-ranging group of community and healthcare organizations to improve the economic, social, and cultural health and vitality of shared local, state, national, and global communities through health equity.

Postdoctoral Fellows will have access to exceptional resources to facilitate their own planning for the next stage of their research careers, including publishing and assistance with grant writing.

This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position with reappointment contingent on satisfactory performance and available funding.

Duties & Expectations

  • Grant development and writing, including but not limited to collaboration with the research team and partners to carry out research activities
  • Institutional Review Board work and grant submission documentation
  • Data collection, data analysis, and data management for various College of Nursing research projects, with a focus on understanding and addressing social determinants of health disparities.
  • Manuscript preparation and submission
  • Present at local, regional, and/or national conferences
  • Be an active member in an area of research within the College of Nursing that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion in a way that contributes to the College of Nursing’s ongoing efforts to promote health equity and address disparities.
  • The Postdoctoral Fellow will demonstrate and advance an independent plan of research
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate student scholars
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned, which are reasonably within the scope of the duties within this classification

In the College of Nursing, we believe Inclusive Excellence and Health and Community Engagement are central to all the work that we do. We seek to understand and appreciate peoples and cultures that are different than our own. We believe in advocacy to support and empower individuals and populations through honest and respectful communication that is evidence-driven, respecting and being inclusive of all the experiences they bring. Given this belief, all team members in the College of Nursing carry a leadership role that fosters a sense of inclusion, belonging and servant leadership. This includes: 

  • Demonstrate a commitment to long term, sustained action that increases inclusive practices in health equity across the CON  
  • Intentionally create an environment that encourages a sense of belonging, inclusive learning, work, and clinical service environments that enable everyone to reach their full potential  
  • Recognize that inclusion is a journey and strive to move along the continuum of embracing experiences and resources that address anti-racist and anti-oppressive ideas while acknowledging the inward and outward systems that influence bias and cultural awareness  
  • Strive to be a champion of inclusive practices that lead and transform others and creates initiatives that change structural systems within nursing education which have historically inhibited, disenfranchised, marginalized, and unintentionally excluded underrepresented communities  

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 -in Nursing or health-related research 

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in nursing or health-related research area (e.g., public health, psychology, health communication) from an accredited university
  • Prior research experience through involvement in research projects or research practica
  • Nurse applicants must be eligible for an RN License in the state of Michigan

Desired Qualifications

  • Desire and commitment to working with underserved youth, families, and young and older adult populations
  • Evidence of effective communication skills through professional presentation experience and/or professional publications

Required Application Materials

  • Statement of career objectives/research goals. The statement should be 2-3 pages double spaced and include:
    • Future career goals
    • Specific research interest, including your current research trajectory
    • Academic and career development plans for the fellowship
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

Special Instructions

Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until a candidate is selected. 

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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.



Department Statement

The Michigan State University College of Nursing has been training the next generations of nurses since its founding as the Department of Nursing Education in 1950.

We believe in the power of research, practice and education to affect lasting change and to improve health outcomes in our communities. We do this through recruiting top faculty, staff and students and continuously staying at the forefront of changes in the profession. 

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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