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Research Associate-Fixed Term
Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
Date Posted 04/20/2022
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: Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location:East Lansing
Categories:Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The primary responsibility of the researcher will be to conduct scholarly research focused on data analysis, manuscript development, scholarly presentations, and grant proposal development. Specifically, the researcher will be responsible for developing predictive and computer simulation models of vessel traffic impacts on marine wildlife and communities using a combination of vessel tracking data, community-based observations, marine wildlife occurrence and/or tracking data.

This research is being led jointly by Drs. Jianguo (Jack) Liu and Andres Viña and Sue Nichols at Michigan State University along with Drs. Matthew Berman and Jennifer Schmidt at University of Alaska Anchorage as well as Dr. Tobias Schwoerer. These scholars have substantial expertise in the field of coupled human and natural systems research, social-ecological systems modeling, environmental science, remote sensing, economics, and community-engaged research. While the location of work is flexible, the postdoctoral research associate will be affiliated with MSU.   Must be able to sleep on floors/mats on floor for multiple days.  Must be able to lift/carry/push/pull suitcases weighing up to 50 lbs. while traveling for field research.

The researcher will work with and coordinate the efforts of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students at both institutions. Opportunities for training, professional development, and conference attendance will be provided by the team as well as through the MSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (https://postdocs.msu.edu/ ).

This is a full-time (40 hrs/week), 12-month position and funding is available for one year, with a possible extension to two years. The desired start date for the position is May 10, 2022. Primary work location will be on MSU campus, but the researcher needs to travel to Alaska for some field work (specific time needs to be determined after the COVID situation is clearer). Funds will also be provided for travel to one conference per year (locations to be determined).

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 -Fisheries & Wildlife, Ecology, or related field

Minimum Requirements
  • Ph.D. in Fisheries & Wildlife, Ecology, or related field
  • Proficiency with R or Python
  • Experience handling large social and/or ecological data sets and processing using high performance computing systems
  • Strong publication record with at least two first-author relevant publications
  • A publication record demonstrating expertise in telecoupled human and natural systems research
  • Experience with community engagement in remote regions in Alaska
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working in western Alaska and existing collaborations with researchers in the region
  • Experience with quantitative analyses of habitat suitability and/or resource selection in wildlife
  • Experience working with Automatic Identification System (AIS) vessel tracking data sets
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary collaborative groups or teams
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students
  • Experience with grant writing

Required Application Materials

CV, contact information for 3 references, and 2-3 representative publications or papers, and a 2-page statement summarizing your research interests and experiences to date. Please contact Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu (liuji@msu.edu ) with questions.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

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Summary of Physical Demands

Lifting: Must be able to sleep on floors/mats on floor for multiple days.  Must be able to lift/carry/push/pull suitcases weighing up to 50 lbs. while traveling for field research.

Summary of Health Risks

Physically intensive job.



Department Statement

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was established in 1950 with faculty drawn from several different units. Since that time, both the faculty and the issues of importance in fisheries and wildlife have changed significantly. Our Mission, Vision, and Values build on our core strengths and prepare us for continuing change in societal needs, scientific understanding, and educational priorities. Our Mission is to build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education, and engagement. We believe a diverse, inclusive working and learning environment enriches the department and fosters innovation in teaching, research, and engagement with partners and the public. We expect all members of the department to uphold the highest ethical standards in our work and personal conduct, with shared responsibility and accountability. We act in keeping with our values, mission, and vision.

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:Apr 18, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Apr 18, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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