Research Associate in Sociology
Michigan State University College of Social Science
United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term in Sociology Social Science

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Sociology Social Science 10038784
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Hickory Corners
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Agriculture, Research/Scientific

Working/Functional Title

Research Associate - Fixed Term

Position Summary

A research associate, post-doctoral researcher, is available at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) at Michigan State University under the co-mentorship of Professors Sandy Marquart-Pyatt and Phil Robertson. This position is associated with the USDA’s Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) network ( 

The research associate will work on projects related to the environment and agriculture, farmer decision-making, behavior, and adaptive capacity, and social-ecological and agro-ecological systems.  The position will work with the KBS LTAR group at MSU and across the national network of LTAR sites, which encompasses multiple institutions and disciplines.  This position will provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary engagement and the potential for interaction with academic researchers, agricultural producers, and stakeholders.  A working knowledge of agriculture in the US Midwest sufficient to engage in research on topics of interest to the agricultural community is required.  Previous experience working in interdisciplinary teams and with remote academic and non-academic partners is a plus. 

Specific research responsibilities include:

  • Conduct original research aligned with KBS LTAR research objectives as noted above;
  • Lead manuscripts, research reports, and conference presentations; 
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary research teams working in the social, agricultural, and environmental science

Start date, salary, and location: The appointment is for one year with extensions contingent on satisfactory performance and continued funding. Start date is flexible, and as soon as July 2020. Describe your preferred start date and/or constraints in the cover letter. Salary is $50,000 per year; university benefits apply, including health and dental insurance. The position is based at KBS, located in SW Michigan near Kalamazoo, about 60 miles from the main MSU campus in East Lansing. More information about KBS can be found at

Required Degree

Doctorate -Environmental Social Science

Minimum Requirements

Required qualifications include:

  • PhD in a relevant field related to environmental social science (e.g. sociology, geography), natural resources, ecology, or agriculture;

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent data management, writing, and communication skills;
  • Interest in time-series and longitudinal data across scientific fields and experience with various data sharing platforms and software for data analysis.

Required Application Materials

Applications must be submitted to the MSU Applicant Page and should include a cover letter, a CV, and contact information for three professional references. 

Special Instructions

The position is listed on the MSU Applicant Page ( 

Review of application materials will begin on June 10, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. We invite interested applicants to direct questions regarding this position to Dr. Sandy Marquart-Pyatt (

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Department Statement

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.  MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential.  The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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: Jun 1, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Jun 1, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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