Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Michigan State University
Location
East Lansing

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Job no: 720012
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Research Associate, Decision Analysis

Position Summary

We seek a research associate to lead a decision analytic process (i.e., structured decision making) for climate resilience planning in the Au Sable River, Michigan, with a focus on fish habitat and the fish community in the system. The Au Sable, a blue-ribbon trout stream, is an iconic cold-water system that is home to Trout Unlimited and supports excellent brown and brook trout fishing. The associate will work closely with QFC staff, an M.S. student on the project, agency managers and biologists, and local stakeholders to frame the decision problem, develop and / or modify predictive models, collect relevant data, and help run SDM workshops. Experience modeling fish and / or aquatic habitat factors from landscape-scale information is preferred, as is an appreciation for the value of decision analysis and familiarity with analysis / simulation modeling of fisheries and ecological data. Some understanding of effects of changing climate on fish and aquatic habitat is desired. Interest in or experience with engaging agency personnel and stakeholders at the interface of technical analysis and resource management is also desired. The postdoc will work directly with Drs. Kelly Robinson and Dana Infante in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife / QFC. The Quantitative Fisheries Center has a strong reputation for developing relationships with relevant stakeholders for the research and the management of fisheries resources. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience highly relevant to professional positions in riverine fisheries modeling and decision analysis, as well as engagement with relevant management agencies and NGOs. Please see the QFC website (www.canr.msu.edu/qfc/) for more information about us, and a recent story about the project (https://tinyurl.com/2rb8zfyv) to learn more about project goals and concerns.

Please see https://msu.edu/together-we-will/ for the most up to date information about MSU policies.

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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Fisheries Science or related discipline

Minimum Requirements

PhD in fisheries science or related discipline with a strong record of research productivity in quantitative methods within the last 5 years. Applicants must be able to work independently and in collaboration with other researchers; publish findings in peer-reviewed journals; and write proposals and reports.

Desired Qualifications

Experience modeling fish and / or aquatic habitat factors from landscape-scale information is preferred, as is an appreciation for the value of decision analysis and familiarity with analysis / simulation modeling of fisheries and ecological data. Some understanding of effects of changing climate on fish and aquatic habitat is desired. Interest in or experience with engaging agency personnel and stakeholders at the interface of technical analysis and resource management is also desired.

Required Application Materials

Please submit your CV, letter of interest, and transcripts (unofficial).

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin 8/1 and continue until filled, with the associate hopefully beginning in August–September 2021. Postdoc may be able to begin the position remotely, if necessary, because of the current pandemic.

Questions about the posting can be directed to Dr. Kelly Robinson ([email protected]) or Dr. Dana Infante ([email protected]).

Review of Applications Begins On

08/11/2021

Website

www.canr.msu.edu/qfc/ or www.fw.msu.edu

Department Statement

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was established in 1950 with faculty drawn from several different units. Since that time, both the faculty and the issues of importance in fisheries and wildlife have changed significantly. Our Mission, Vision, and Values build on our core strengths and prepare us for continuing change in societal needs, scientific understanding, and educational priorities.

Our Mission is to build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education, and engagement. We believe a diverse, inclusive working and learning environment enriches the department and fosters innovation in teaching, research, and engagement with partners and the public. We expect all members of the department to uphold the highest ethical standards in our work and personal conduct, with shared responsibility and accountability. We act in keeping with our values, mission, and vision.

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 28, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 28, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

Organization

Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.

 

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