Research Assistant Professor, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

East Lansing, MI
Mar 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number: 4065

Internal Posting Date: 09-20-2016

Internal Closing Date: 04-25-2017

External Closing Date: 04-25-2017

Review of Applications begins on: 10-14-2016

Job Title: Research Assistant Professor

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Primary Department: 10002241 COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY

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 C.S. Mott Chair of Sustainable Agriculture, the Center for Regional Food Systems, and the Global Center for Food System Innovation at Michigan State University are looking to hire a Research Assistant Professor to help develop a research program in Africa-based city region food systems. The researcher will be expected to work with interdisciplinary research teams to examine the role local and regional food systems can and could play in addressing pressing issues around climate change, food security, fresh water sufficiency, urbanization, and workforce development. We are particularly interested in those who can address the intersection of these issues with city region food systems. This position is initially funded for a three year period pending acceptable performance each year.

-Work with the C.S. Mott Chair and Associate Director of GCFSI to develop a research program regarding city region food systems globally:
-mapping regional food flows between adjacent rural areas and cities
-investigating intersection of climate change, fresh water, energy availability, and demographic shifts in selected city regions globally, but especially in Africa
-identifying health, agriculture, food systems linkages
-elucidating potential livelihood/entrepreneurship development as well as opportunity costs of globalization
-Oversee development of reports, peer-reviewed publications and other written documents regarding city region food systems, health/agriculture linkages, and other related topics
-Help develop funding for these research and associated engagement activities
_Develop outreach materials for academic and non-academic audiences
-The successful candidate will be affiliated with both the Center for Regional Food Systems and the Global Center for Food System Innovations

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements Applicants will be evaluated for the following criteria:
-Disciplinary or interdisciplinary Ph.D.; Doctorate degree in appropriate fields with quantitative methodology.
-Broad reading of literature regarding sustainability, resilience, climate change, city region food systems, food system sustainability, food system and public health, fresh water sufficiency
-Quantitative methodologies for city region food system analysis
-Evidence of successful research including publications in peer-reviewed journals;
-Excellent writing and public speaking skills
-Visualization tools for sharing information
-Spatial data collection and mapping
-Academic background can be varied
-Experience working and completing research on the African continent
-Demonstrated interest in collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

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Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications must include the following: 1) a cover letter that includes the applicant's perceived fit with the position; 2) a statement focusing on your research experience and interests relative to this position including methodological approaches; 3) a curriculum vitae; and 4) contact information for three or more references.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to the Search Committee chair, Dr. Michael W. Hamm via email or to set up a phone conversation at .

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Mike Hamm/C.S. Mott Endowed Chair, Interim Chairperson, CSUS/

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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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