Research Associate-Fixed Term

Employer
Michigan State University
Location
East Lansing
Closing date
Jul 13, 2023

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Job Details

Job no: 715815
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Agricultural Food And Resource Economics 10002036
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 60000.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

Michigan State University Extension and the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics seek a forthcoming or recent PhD as a (Postdoctoral) Research Associate to explore the business dynamics of rural businesses in the United States, with particular attention to entrepreneurial activities conducted by military veterans (“vetrepreneurs”). The associate will collaborate with a research team comprised of senior researchers and Extension professionals from Michigan State University and Baylor University on a research project conducted with the Federal Statistical Research Data Center system.

In the FSRDC, the associate will work with the Longitudinal Business Database (over 8M observations annually), the Integrated Longitudinal Business Database (over 20M observations annually), the Survey of Business Owners (about 1M observations quinquennially), the Annual Business Survey (about 0.2M annually), and the American Community Survey (about 5M observations annually), among other datasets. These databases will allow for tracking of business and business owner demographic microdata over time. They will also be merged with public data on other community characteristics. Following initial data management activities, the associate will execute the following activities:

  • Model specification analysis and discussion in the FSRDC
  • Prepare and collaborate on numerous refereed journal articles including, but not limited to, the following broad topics:
  • Determinants of vetrepreneur business survival
  • Determinants of veterpreneur business growth
  • Rural policy implications for supporting veteran-owned businesses
  • Impacts of vetrepreneurs on local economic growth
  • Nationwide lessons-learned for Extension veteran-owned business curriculums
  • Actively engage with the research team to develop Extension curriculum, programming, and training
  • May participate in proposals to obtain external funding
  • The position will be appointed for twelve months, and pending performance review, extended up to 19 months. Through the experience with the research team and the FSRDC, the associate will complement the strong disciplinary training of their PhD program with exposure to a broad range of sciences and learning-by-doing in rural development Extension curriculum design and pilot testing.

    The Michigan FSRDC is located in Ann Arbor, MI, though working from a different FSRDC location may be feasible.

    At the end of their postdoctoral experiences, the research and extension associate will enjoy a network of senior academic and policy colleagues from which they may launch a successful career as a faculty member or policy analyst.

    The research associate will be compensated commensurate with recent PhDs in their field of study and will have access to health care benefits.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Degree

    Doctorate -Economics, Agricultural Economics, Statistics or related field.

    Minimum Requirements

    Required: Earned PhD in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Statistics or related field. Offer is contingent on approval of U.S. Special Sworn Status and approved access to the U.S. Federal Statistical Research Data Centers. Good written communications skills.

    Desired Qualifications

    Desired: Programming experience in Stata. Prior experience in FSRDC system.

    Required Application Materials

    CV; Cover Letter addressing how the applicant's experience prepares them for working in the Federal Statistical Research Data Center environment; A statement describing the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including how the applicant has and would exhibit those values in the workplace; and 3 Letters of Reference.

    Special Instructions

    Review of applications will begin August 2, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. To apply, please refer to job number 715815 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website https://jobs.msu.edu. Applicants should submit the following materials: 1) a cover letter addressing how the applicant's experience prepares them for working in the Federal Statistical Research Data Center environment 2) a current curriculum vita 3) A statement describing the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including how the applicant has and would exhibit those values in the workplace

    Review of Applications Begins On

    08/02/2021

    MSU Statement

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

    Advertised: Jul 13, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Jul 13, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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