Research Associate-Fixed Term

Job Description

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Work type:Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Entomology Agriculture And Natural Res 10002268
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 50637.00
Location:East Lansing
Categories:Agriculture, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The laboratory of Dr. Marianna Szucs at Michigan State University, Department of Entomology, invites applications for a Research Associate (postdoctoral) position to investigate emerald ash borer (EAB) parasitoid establishment and impacts in post-EAB invaded ash stands.  Much of this project will be conducted in cooperation with USDA Forest Service entomologists, Drs. Toby Petrice and Therese Poland, based in East Lansing, Michigan.

The aim of this project is to understand the role of EAB natural enemies in protecting lingering ash in post-EAB invaded forests.  The postdoctoral researcher will locate and establish research plots within lingering ash stands at sites in Michigan and Ohio.  Multiple tree and forest level data will be recorded including ash tree health, age class, density, species composition, and EAB population levels.  Presence, abundance and impacts of introduced and native parasitoid species will be determined using a combination of destructive (tree dissection) and nondestructive (traps and sentinel hosts).  These data will be analyzed using multivariate statistical methods to determine if: a) parasitoids are contributing to ash survival, and b) if these impacts are influenced by tree and/or forest level factors.  The research will involve both field and laboratory components.

The initial appointment is for one year with potential for renewal based on availability of funding.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

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 -entomology, evolutionary biology, ecology

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. in entomology, ecology, or related field and a successful publication record. Field collections will take place across Michigan and Ohio, thus candidates must possess a valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

Desirable qualifications include:

  • Experience conducting research in forest entomology
  • Working with insect host-parasitoid systems
  • Expertise in statistical analysis
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Interest in mentoring undergraduate research

Experience working with hymenopteran parasitoids is desired, but applicants with a strong evolutionary background who are willing to learn identification and handling of parasitoids will be considered as well.

Required Application Materials

Candidates should submit a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, including a statement of your interest or experience in fostering an inclusive environment, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references and two representative publications.

Together-we-will Statement

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Summary of Physical Demands

Position requires ability to lift 30 lbs; push/pull cart weighing 50 lbs.



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:Mar 7, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:Mar 31, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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