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Michigan State University Research Associate-Fixed Term in East Lansing, Michigan

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources

Department:Entomology Agriculture And Natural Res 10002268

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff


Location: East Lansing

Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Wetzel and Szendrei labs at Michigan State University are hiring a postdoctoral research associate for a USDA NIFA-funded project on the temporal ecology of extreme weather events in agroecosystems. The project examines the effects of heat waves on interactions among potato plants, insect herbivores, and predators/parasitoids. A major goal is understanding how the timing of extreme events influence their ecological impacts. We seek to improve our general understanding of the ecology of climate variability and our ability to manage agroecosystems sustainably in the face of climate change.

We have existing datasets, so the postdoc could analyze data and write manuscripts while planning and running growth chamber and/or field experiments with the help of a team of research assistants. Depending on interest, work could span chemical ecology, thermal physiology, population dynamics, plant-herbivore interactions, and/or predator-prey interactions. The position is funded for 2 yrs; initial appointment for 1 year, with reappointment based on satisfactory review. Flexible start, ideally by June 2022.

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 -Ecology, Entomology, Plant Biology

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have a PhD in ecology, entomology, plant biology, or a related field; a strong record of research and publication; and experience with statistical modeling.

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter describing past research accomplishments, research interests, and career goals

  • CV

  • 2 published papers or manuscripts in preparation

  • names and email addresses for 3 references

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:https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

Feel free to email Dr. Will Wetzel (wcwetzel@msu.edu) to start a conversation about the position. When emailing, please include (1) a cover letter describing past research accomplishments, research interests, and career goals; (2) a CV; (3) 2 published papers or manuscripts in preparation; and (4) names and email addresses for 3 references.

For more information about the work see https://wetzellab.com/.

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Department Statement

MSU is a fantastic place to study plant-insect interactions with a large and dynamic research community. Potential collaborators can be found in the departments of Entomology, Plant Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Integrative Biology, and across the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program and the Plant Resilience Institute. The university has a large greenhouse and environmental chamber facility and access to field sites on campus and at Kellogg Biological Station.

Michigan State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. International candidates are eligible. Our labs strive to be safe spaces for diversity in STEM. We welcome applications from candidates from groups traditionally excluded from academia.

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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