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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 Natural Science

Department:Ecology Evolutionary Biology & Behavior 10032245

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff


Location: East Lansing

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

Working/Functional Title

MSU Presidential EEB Postdoc

Position Summary

RESEARCH PROGRAM: The Research Associate (Postdoc) will be a fully participating member of EEB at MSU and will be expected to have a cutting-edge research program that bridges the interests of two or more EEB core faculty members. A list of possible faculty mentors can be found here:https://eeb.msu.edu/people/core-faculty/. Candidates should contact potential faculty mentors before applying, as sponsoring faculty will need to submit a letter of support.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: The Research Associate (Postdoc) will also contribute to the EEB community via a community engagement initiative. The proposed initiative is up to the discretion of the applicant; possible ideas include (but are not limited to): a workshop on diversity, equity, and inclusion, professional development, or a technical research skill; a science communication or public engagement product or event; a public science initiative, a journal discussion group; curriculum development; etc. The applicant’s research stipend may also be used to support the community engagement initiative.

The position is for two years, subject to review after one year, and will begin between June 1, 2022 and September 1, 2022. We encourage applications from candidates in any early-career stage, from finishing PhD students to current postdoctoral scholars. Additional information can be found on EEB’s website:https://eeb.msu.edu/initiatives/postdoctoral-fellowship/.

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


Minimum Requirements

Candidates will have completed a Ph.D. degree by the position start date. Candidates must have strong motivation for academic research.

Desired Qualifications

Candidates will be expected to propose a cutting-edge research program that bridges the interests of two or more EEB core faculty members. They should have peer-review publications and demonstrate exceptional potential for research success in ecology, evolution, and/or behavior

Required Application Materials

Submit Materials as 2 PDFs:

First PDFshould include application components in the following order:

  • Cover letter (1 page max)

  • CV

  • Past and future research statement: past research accomplishments and proposed research plans as an EEB postdoc (2 pages max)

  • Community engagement proposal (1 page max)

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (1 page max)

  • A single letter of support co-written by at least two EEB mentors (2 pages max). The mentor letter should include a brief mentorship plan, information on where the postdoc will be housed and how they will be integrated into both sponsor’s labs, a statement of support for the proposed research, and a brief description of each sponsor’s contributions to the EEB community (service, teaching, etc.).

Second PDFshould include:

Up to two publications, preprints, or manuscripts representative of the applicant’s work

Additionally,applicants should arrange the following letters of support

Recommendation letters from two references that address the candidates qualifications for the position.



Department Statement

The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB) Program at MSU has a unique organization that facilitates interdisciplinary interactions among our students and faculty, while allowing participants to engage in the program's activities at levels according to their individual interests and availability. Our students pursue a dual-degree Ph.D. (or M.S.) in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and their home departments. Faculty, postdocs, and students have their primary appointments in 15 departments across four colleges. EEB organizes many events throughout the year including a weekly seminar series, bi-weekly colloquia for students to showcase in progress work, recruitment and social events, and an annual symposium

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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