Research Associate in Forestry
Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Forestry 10002360
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking an outstanding individual as a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) to assist Drs. Akihiro Koyama and Andrew Vander Yacht on a USDA AFRI grant entitled “Oak Success Under Pine: Using Underlying Mechanisms to Develop Novel Silvicultural Practices in the Lake States Region” in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  The researcher will conduct field, lab and modeling exercises to investigate oak seedling success under red pine plantation in Michigan.  This will include 1) investigating biotic and abiotic plant-soil feedbacks under oak and red pine canopies and 2) modeling future ecological and economic tradeoffs of red pine to oak conversions under various climate change and management scenarios.  The researcher is expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab and provide instrument and lab safety training.  The position will begin as a one-year appointment with extension available for an additional two years (total of three years) depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding availability.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Forest ecology or related

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate must have an earned PhD in forest ecology or related field by the position start date.  

A valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record is required.

Desired Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include experience with modern high-throughput metagenomics for soil and root microbiomes (sample processing and data analyses), experience with running experiments and advanced statistical analyses under greenhouse and field conditions, documented ability to bring projects to completion (publication record), and evidence of effective independent and collaborative work as well as project management.  Additional preference will be given to candidates with experience in forest stand growth simulation modeling.

Required Application Materials

Upload the following required documents: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position and research interests, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number).

Special Instructions

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Department Statement

At MSU Forestry, we agree with and support University initiatives that are designed to create a welcoming, safe and inclusive collegiate community. We value the uniqueness that every person adds. Faculty and staff are committed to fostering open dialogue and supportive communication. Our mission is to generate and translate knowledge of trees, forests and associated natural and human systems to advance sustainable solutions for people and ecosystems. We create the future of sustainable forestry through innovative research, learning and outreach. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees work and personal life and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

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: May 14, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: May 13, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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