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Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Education, Child Development & Family Studies
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Job no: 762905
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Human Development & Family Studies - Css 10038324
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Financial/Accounting, Office/Clerical Support, Human Resources, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Position Summary

The person hired will work as an assistant professor with numerous roles related to research and grant support. The individual will work as a research resource who will work closely with the department faculty and the fiscal officer to develop grant proposals, manage grant awards, submit financial transactions, maintain financial records, prepare financial reports and assist with the pre-and post-award process for contract and grants. Accounting support includes submitting financial transactions such as travel reimbursements, disbursement vouchers, general error corrections, intra account transfers, indirect cost adjustments, requisitions; reconciling accounts monthly; maintaining financial files according to the university's record retention schedule; and creating financial reports for the fiscal officer, Chair, and faculty. Contract and grant pre-award support includes working as a proactive coordinator and team member to assemble research proposals; assisting with searches for new funding opportunities and communicating these opportunities to faculty; reviewing guidelines of agency funding solicitations; preparing budgets and reviewing budget justifications for contract and grant proposals; coordinating a timely proposal submission; preparing and routing transmittals; preparing MSU internal documents for grant submissions; preparing grant applications; reviewing grant applications for completeness of all required application documents; and communicating with the fiscal officer and the Chair on the status of pending grant applications and awards. Contract and grant post-award support includes communicating with other institutions to prepare and process documents for sub-awards; communicating with the Office of Sponsored Projects regarding budgets and applications; compiling and tracking indirect cost rate distribution to the department on a monthly basis; assisting faculty with progress reports for grants; supporting contract execution, account setup and activation of purchase orders: processing disbursement vouchers for sub-award payments; assisting with processing orders for supply and services; processing cost redistributions for grant awards; gathering and tracking salary and fringe information for all personnel hired on grants: creating and maintaining grant awards on the department's website; reconciling grant accounts monthly, reporting to the fiscal officer and the principal investigator for approval; assisting with project close out activities; and communicating with the fiscal officer on the status of open contract and grant accounts. Grant management services includes providing services to investigators in support of their grants including tasks such as data base management, incentive disbursement, funding opportunities, and other grant related tasks as they arise.

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


Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD at the time of appointment. This position requires knowledge of research, administration, and finances (such as designing and implementing budgets); experience in research administration desired in one or more of the research process areas of pre or post award processes, grant management, regulatory administration; experience in word processing, spreadsheet and database software; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. This position requires completion of Essentials of Research Administration at MSU certificate series or equivalent within 1 year of hire.

Desired Qualifications
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with a wide variety of people at different levels of experience, knowledge, and authority.
  • Knowledge or experience with research and research design.
  • Experience with MSU systems including Enterprise Business Systems (EBS), Kuali Financial System (KFS), and Business Intelligence and Analytics using IBM Cognos;
  • Demonstrated experience managing databases to collect and monitor grant accounts and financial reports
  • Required Application Materials

    Resume, Cover letter

    Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: of Applications Begins On



    Department Statement

    The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is a premier academic program, known nationally for excellence in applied, translational research that is positively impacting children, adolescents, families and marginalized communities. Our department purpose is articulated through research productivity, innovative teaching, outreach effectiveness, policy leadership, and the high-quality preparation of future scholars and leaders.

    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: Feb 15, 2022 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Feb 15, 2024 Eastern Standard Time


    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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