Research Associate-Fixed Term

East Lansing MI
Mar 13, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Research Associate/ Research Assistant

Position Summary

Michigan State University invites applicants for a 12-month appointment as a Research Associate/Research Assistant (postdoctoral research fellow) under the supervision of Professor Kristie Dotson in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts & Letters. The Department of Philosophy at MSU specializes in engaged philosophy with particular strengths in feminist philosophy, engaged philosophy of science, and environmental philosophy. This fellow will have an unparalleled opportunity to work with a significant population of engaged philosophers on a range of issues facing us today. The position runs for 1 year with the option for renewal for an additional year.

The primary responsibilities of the fellow will be to develop programming, bibliographic materials, publications and online resources that will increase public and scholarly awareness of the potential existence and impact of “structural reality.” The fellow chosen for this position will also be expected to significantly engage the MSU community of feminist epistemologists and philosophers of science who are interested in exploring these issues. The specific responsibilities in these areas will be developed collaboratively with the supervisor and will privilege as much as feasible the fellow’s own specializations.

The Research Associate/Research Assistant (postdoctoral research fellow) will be expected to be in residence at Michigan State University during the entire 12-month appointment.

MSU is a research university, a member of the Association of American Universities, and is affiliated with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation consortium. 

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members, results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.


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. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.




Required Degree

Doctorate -Philosophy

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should be scholars with a PhD in any humanities, social science field, science field or interdisciplinary field that specializes in feminist epistemology and either philosophy of science or metaphysics, broadly construed. Related research areas, such as sociology of knowledge or engaged, social ontology are also encouraged to apply.  

Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of your experience with diversity in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence, article length writing sample (published or unpublished) and list of three references. Curriculum vitae should include publications and presentations. The position will start August 16, 2018. Review of applications will begin on March 8, 2018 and continue until position has been filled. Applications should be submitted electronically to the, posting #490675. Queries may be directed to Professor Kristie Dotson, Chair of the Search Committee,

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