Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University invites applications for the position of Research Associate Fixed-Term in Wetlands & Waterfowl Ecology.

The successful candidate will be responsible for co-directing a multifaceted multi-year project to assess waterfowl (and other wildlife) and recreational use of wetlands in Michigan.

Responsibilities include:

  • Designing and conducting research projects that will yield results to inform the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ efforts to manage created and natural wetlands.
  • Mentor graduate students
  • Communicate research findings to public and professional audiences through oral presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and technical reports. 

This position is a 12-month fixed term appointment with an expected start date of May 1, 2018.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Wildlife Ecology with an emphasis on wet

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum of  three years of postdoctoral experience designing and conducting research focused on wetlands and/or waterfowl ecology
  • Strong quantitative skills, particularly in the areas of population modeling and demography
  • Consistent history of peer-reviewed publication
  • Willingness to fly in small (4 – 6 persons) fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters
  • Willingness to travel (often involving overnight stays) within Michigan and the continental United States and Canada.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working with M.S. and Ph.D. students
  • Experience working with state and federal wetland and waterfowl management personnel
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all audiences
  • Demonstrable history of managing research project budgets and logistics
  • Experience with programs Distance and Mark
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a leadership role within a state or federal wildlife agency and familiarity with waterfowl management on the state, regional and national level.
  • Required Application Materials

    Please submit a CV, letter of interest, and contact information for three references. References will be contacted only if requested by the department. In the letter of interest, please include your leadership experience in and philosophical approaches to achieving a culture of diversity and inclusion.

    Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin on April 18, 2018 and will continue as filled.

    Direct questions to Dr. Scott R. Winterstein (517-353-2022 or [email protected])




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    Posted: 4/4/2018
    Application Due: 5/4/2018
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