Research Associate

Apr 26, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Social Sciences, Geography
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Title/Rank

Research Associate 

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.

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Minimum Qualifications

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.

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.

Health Risk/Physical Demands

Field work will include travel in rough terrain and being able to lift 30 pounds.

Review of Applications begins on


Required Applicant documents

Resume/CV; Cover Letter; Work/Writing Sample

Special Instructions to Applicants

The application should submit (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.

Number of Reference Letters Required

No letters required

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