Academic Specialist – Research in Forest Ecology Modeling

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking an Academic Specialist – Research to lead or assist with all phases of research in a group focused on forest ecology in temperate and tropical forests.

July 5, 2017

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  • Position description:
    • The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking an Academic Specialist – Research to lead or assist with all phases of research in a group focused on forest ecology in temperate and tropical forests. The Academic Specialist is expected to author or co‐author publications, lead collaborative research in new directions, and pursue additional research funding based on existing databases of temperate and tropical tree dynamics. The Academic Specialist also will oversee field experiments and management of databases, analyze and interpret data in a modeling framework (Bayesian and Maximum Likelihood), provide oversight of laboratory analysis of plant and soil samples, assist in funding agency reporting, supervise undergraduate assistants, assist in mentoring / advising graduate students, and serve on graduate student committees. The position is approximately 60% research, 25% data management, and 15% administrative. The position is a 12‐month, fixed‐term position with annual renewals available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding availability.
  • Required qualifications:
    • The successful candidate will have an earned PhD or M. S. in Statistics, Modeling, Forestry, Ecology, or a closely related field; expertise in managing large & complex datasets, modeling experience using Bayesian and/ or Maximum Likelihood approaches, familiarity with R and/or other programming languages, strong writing skills, good verbal presentation skills, and experience in mentoring and supervising students.
  • Location:
    • The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA.
  • To Apply:
    • Submit your application online at the MSU Careers website to job number 448905. Upload the following required documents as a single PDF:
      1. Letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position
      2. Curriculum vitae
      3. List of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number)
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Application deadline:
    • Position will be open until filled. Desired start date is Fall 2017, but earlier or later start dates may be possible. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Richard Kobe.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer and the MSU Department of Forestry is committed to promoting diversity in research. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

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