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Research Associate-Fixed Term
Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
Date Posted 02/05/2021
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: Agricultural Food And Resource Economics 10002036
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location:East Lansing
Categories:Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Agriculture, Non-Union

Position Summary

The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) at Michigan State University announces an available Research Associate (postdoctoral) Fixed-Term position for research and capacity building as part of its anticipated Mozambique-related activities under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity, and Influence (PRCI).  The anticipated position is available starting on or about April 1, 2021.  Initial funding would be for two years, with extension possible based on funding and performance.  The Research Associate will likely be based in East Lansing, Michigan (MSU campus) though outposting to Mozambique may also be possible. 

PRCI’s approach emphasizes local capacity building through collaborative research and training.  AFRE’s research and capacity building in Mozambique will provide civil society, donors and government officials with guidance on how to improve food and nutrition security, enable rural livelihoods to become more resilient to climate shocks, and support Mozambique’s journey to self-reliance by building research and policy analysis capacity related to agriculture and food systems development.

The Research Associate is expected to work closely with on-campus faculty and in-country staff. 

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 -Agricultural economics, development econmics

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in agricultural economics, development economics, or related field

Experience in international development research and outreach, with a strong preference for those with in-country experience, whether extensive short-term or living overseas

Extensive experience in the use of Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) data and other household data sets

Capability to understand and communicate in Portuguese; Spanish capability will also be considered

Excellent communication and academic writing skills

Ability to work independently but also as a team player

A strong work ethic and dedication to high quality research

Willingness to extend the period of your assignment and reside in Mozambique if funding and project priorities permit

Desired Qualifications

Strong commitment to working with local counterparts and building their skills

Formal teaching experience and/or previous experience conducting technical trainings for researchers

Required Application Materials

Cover letter demonstrating suitability for the position

Curriculum vitae

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on January 25 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please direct any questions regarding this position to David Tschirley (tschirle@msu.edu).

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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 14, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:Jan 13, 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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