Research Associate, College of Social Science

East Lansing, MI
Feb 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number: 4841

Internal Posting Date: 01-31-2017

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 02-28-2017

Job Title: Research Associate

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Social Science

Primary Department: 10038379 GLOBAL CHANGE & EARTH OBS, CTR - CSS

Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Faculty-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Faculty

Employment %: 100


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Position Summary: The Michigan State University Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) invite applications for a full-time postdoctoral research associate to begin on May 1, 2017, in Socioecological carbon production in managed agricultural-forest landscapes.

Successful applicants will play a significant role in research funded by the NASA Carbon Cycle Science program. This work focuses on understanding the quantitative contributions of land cover change, specific management practices, and climate changes to the social and physical C fluxes of managed ecosystems, with an initial focus on the Kalamazoo River watershed in Michigan. Strong candidates will have experience with collaborative interdisciplinary work.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements The successful candidate is required to have a PhD in environmental science, geoscience, geographic information science, urban planning, ecology, or a related field. Candidate must be capable of performing field surveys in rough outdoor terrain, capable of lifting up to 50 lbs., and climbing ladders. Safety training will be provided if necessary. Valid driver's license.

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Desired Qualifications: Successful candidates will possess and demonstrate relevant interest and skills in one or more of the following topics: (1) Bottom-up scaling of landscape C fluxes from eddy covariance measurements; (2) Top-down estimates of C fluxes from a land surface model (the Community Land Model); (3) land cover remote sensing across multiple sensors; (4) socioecological analysis of managed landscapes including life cycle analysis and structural equation modeling. The successful candidate must also possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
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Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants: The application should be uploaded as a single PDF with a (i) one to two-page cover letter and statement of career objectives and research synergies with C cycle science in managed landscapes; (ii) a full current CV; (iii) the names, positions, and contact information for three reference writers; and (iv) one published or submitted manuscript with primary authorship by the applicant. If you have questions about this position, please contact Dr. Jiquan Chen ( and/or Kyla Dahlin ( For more information about our groups see the LEES Lab ( or ERSAM Lab ( webpages.

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Union Affiliation: Non Union

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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