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

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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type:Faculty/Academic Staff

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

Department:Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344

Salary:Salary Commensurate with Experience

Location:East Lansing

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

Position Summary

The Research Associate (Postdoctoral) will join a large collaborative NSF project examining water quality relationships with land use/cover and climate:A macrosystems ecology framework for continental-scale prediction and understanding of lakes. The primary responsibilities of the researcher will conduct (lead and support) landscape limnology research questions, such as understanding continental-scale drivers of lake nutrients and carbon; predicting continental-scale pools of lake nutrients; identifying the role that novelty in ecological context plays in continental-scale predictions.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: conducting (lead and support) landscape limnology research to answer questions about the continental-scale drivers of lake nutrients and carbon; predicting continental-scale pools of lake nutrients; identifying the role that novelty in ecological context plays in continental-scale predictions—this includes all aspects of the research endeavor both as lead author and as co-author (e.g., question formation; data visualization, analysis, and interpretation; literature review; manuscript writing and publishing); supervise students or on-call staff to aid in this effort; author metadata to accompany state-wide datasets; assist in LAGOS-US database development and management; and assist in QAQC procedures of LAGOS-US.

Ideal candidate will communicate and interact with students (graduate and undergraduate) - in order to provide assistance, exchange information, solve problems, coordinate research; co-workers - in order to provide assistance, exchange information, coordinate research; public - in order to share information; university personnel - in order to assist with administration and share information; federal and local agencies - in order to acquire data and document metadata; principal Investigators - to coordinate research activities, facilitate administrative and operational needs, and provide support; outside agencies - to assist in coordination of research activities and obtain information; and departmental administrators - to provide research logistics and report on financial and regulatory auditing reviews. Provide first-level supervision over undergraduate student employees or temporary on-call employees.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Ecology, Limnology, Landscape Ecology or

Minimum Requirements

Competitive candidates should be highly motivated and possess (by position start date) a Ph.D. in Ecology, Limnology, Landscape Ecology or related discipline with strong quantitative emphasis (statistics and/or computer science). The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment is essential.

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated excellent analytical, problem solving and research skills including oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to write scientific papers; knowledge of open science and data-intensive science tools (e.g., GitHub, GIS, R).

Required Application Materials

All applicants should provide 1-2 page cover letter describing your research interests, a current CV, and names and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions

Review of applications begins July 15, 2018 and continues until filled.


For additional information about the position please contact:

Dr. Patricia Soranno, Professor,soranno@msu.edu

Dr. Kendra Spence Cheruvelil. Professor, ksc@msu.edu

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU, DLLimno.lab@gmail.com


Advertised:May 15, 2018Eastern Daylight Time