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Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure System

Michigan State University
East Lansing

Job Details


Job no: 702871
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Kellogg Biological Station Nat. Sci. 10032500
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure System

Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) seeks applications for a tenure stream Assistant or Associate Professor in isotope biogeochemistry. Areas of particular interest include plant, soil, and microbial ecology and biochemistry, with a focus on questions of importance in terrestrial ecosystems or terrestrial-aquatic linkages. The ideal candidate will have a strong conceptual basis to their research, addressing fundamental questions with stable isotopes. This appointment will be based in academic departments that best fit the candidate’s interests within the College of Natural Science or the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources. MSU is undertaking campus-wide initiatives to promote an inclusive workforce and encourages applications from diverse candidates, including women and minorities.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in environmental science, biology, or a related field, with publications relevant to stable isotope biogeochemistry. Post-doctoral experience is desired. Research expectations include peer reviewed publications and success with external grants. Teaching will include an undergraduate or graduate course in the candidate’s area of interest as well as graduate and postdoctoral training. Service will include academic leadership of an existing campus-wide stable isotope facility, and participation in department, campus, and national programs as appropriate. Opportunities for collaborative research at MSU include the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and the Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program, along with university-wide academic programs in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB) and Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP), among others.


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 -Environmental Studies

Minimum Requirements

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in environmental science, biology, or a related field, with publications relevant to stable isotope biogeochemistry.

Desired Qualifications

Post Doctoral experience.

Required Application Materials

Applications should include: (1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) contact information for three references; (4) a summary statement of research accomplishments and future research directions, (5) a statement of teaching and mentoring interests and experience, and (6) plans for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (guidance for preparing this statement available here)

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin 25 June 2021, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The position could be filled as early as September 2021. Questions regarding this position may be directed to G. Philip Robertson, search committee chair (

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Department Statement

MSU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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: May 11, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 11, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time



Working at Michigan State University 

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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.

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