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Michigan State University Research Associate-Fixed Term in Hickory Corners, Michigan

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff

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

Department:Kellogg Biological Station Ag Nat Res 10002500

Sub Area:FAS- Fac./Acad Staff


Location: Hickory Corners

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

Position Summary

The Janzen Lab at Kellogg Biological Station is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research associate position to assist with projects addressing questions in evolutionary ecology, genetics/genomics, and conservation, focusing on reptiles (primarily turtles). Although the scope of work has some flexibility based on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate, key topics of emphasis and expertise concern sex-determining mechanisms, climate change, adaptation and phenotypic plasticity, life history, and anthropogenic impacts. The primary responsibilities associated with this position include coordinating and leading lab research activities, analyzing data and writing manuscripts, mentoring graduate students and interns, and contributing to outreach and other broader impacts activities.

The successful candidate will have opportunities at Michigan State University to interact with vibrant intellectual communities at KBS, in the Departments of Integrative Biology and of Fisheries and Wildlife, and with members of the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program. The Janzen Lab is committed to career development, providing scholars with opportunities to gain experience in mentoring, teaching, and other professional skills.

The position is for one year initially, renewable depending on performance. Start date is as soon as possible, with some flexibility. Salary is $50,000 USD plus benefits.

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 -Ecology, Evolution, Wildlife biology, Conservation biology

Minimum Requirements

1) PhD in ecology, evolution, wildlife biology, or conservation biology; 2) demonstrated expertise in evolutionary ecology, genetics/genomics, conservation, and/or herpetology; 3) ability to work both independently and collaboratively; 4) strong communication and analytical skills

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualification include some combination of the following skills: 1) manuscript writing and publishing; 2) statistical modeling; 3) database management; 4) student mentoring; 5) outreach; 6) field and/or lab work with live reptiles.

Required Application Materials

1) Cover letter (<2 pages) that describes relevant scholarly and broader impacts accomplishments, skills and experiences aligned with the emphases of this position, motivation for this position, and career aspirations;

2) CV

3) contact information for three references (name, position, phone, email)

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2021, and will continue until the position has been filled.

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Summary of Health Risks

This position does require work with animals.



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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