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Research Associate-Fixed Term
Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
Date Posted 02/03/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Work type:Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Forestry 10002360
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location:East Lansing
Categories:Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking an outstanding Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) to conduct data analysis and modeling on a long-term NSF-funded project entitled: “Woody seedling dynamics, climate, and species coexistence in a wet tropical forest.” Project focal areas include effects of climate on tree reproductive output, seedling survivorship (including interactions with density dependent mortality agents), mature tree growth and survival, and stand productivity. Data sets, some spanning 20+ years, include seedling establishment, survivorship, and growth (measured every 6 weeks); resource measurements (% canopy openness and soil nutrients); mapped forest stands; mature tree flowering/ fruiting level, survivorship, and growth; and local weather for La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. The successful candidate will be expected to work with the PI and collaborators to: 1) manage databases, 2) conduct data analysis and modeling, 3) contribute to writing manuscripts (with potential to lead several), and 4) assist in managing the project. MSU’s strengths in quantitative ecological methods provide a collaborative environment that supports success. The position will begin as a one‐year appointment with available extensions, depending on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Forest or plant ecology or related

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate must have an earned PhD in forest or plant ecology or related field by the position start date. Strong candidates who expect to receive their PhD at the end of the Spring 2021 semester and who are only finishing minimal dissertation edits will be considered.  Quantitative/modeling skills, familiarity with R and/or additional programming languages, and background in plant physiological, community or ecosystem ecology are required. 

Desired Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include documented ability to bring projects to completion (publication record), successful grant writing skills, evidence of effective independent and collaborative work, project management experience, and proficiency in Spanish.

Required Application Materials

Upload the following required documents: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position and research interests, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number).

Special Instructions

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Department Statement

At MSU Forestry, our mission is to generate and translate knowledge of trees, forests and associated natural and human systems to advance sustainable solutions for people and ecosystems. We create the future of sustainable forestry through innovative research, learning and outreach. We agree with and support University initiatives that are designed to create a welcoming, safe and inclusive collegiate community. We value the uniqueness that every person adds. Faculty and staff are committed to fostering open dialogue and supportive communication. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees work and personal life and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

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.

Advertised:Jan 19, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:Jan 18, 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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