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Research Associate / Postdoctoral Fellow

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
$70,000 plus benefits and research funds
Posted Date
Jan 5, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job no: 835465
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Asc Provost For Undergraduate Education
Department: Asc Provost For Undergraduate Education 10043771
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 70000.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

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Working/Functional Title Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow


Position Summary Michigan State University hosts cutting edge STEM+ (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and adjacent fields) education and participatory and community-engaged research to address the most pressing issues facing preK-12, postsecondary, and informal STEM education. To address these important problems, we have gathered many of the most creative scholars nationally, positioning MSU as a leader in STEM+ education and community engaged research.


MSU is recruiting Research Associates (postdoctoral fellows) to advance this work and invites applications to join a cohort of up to 6 positions to train and work on Participatory and Community-Engaged Research in the context of STEM education (STEM Ed PaCER). Focus of research projects may include but is not limited to: Scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), Discipline-based education research (DBER), K-12 education, informal education, and participatory and community-engaged domains.


Experience, both lived and academic, in or with Indigenous/Native/First Nations communities, building and maintaining relationships with community partners, and experience in community-engaged research and/or STEM+ education research are highly desirable. Research Associates will work with teams from MSU, The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) and The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) to train and then engage in independent scholarship, including access to research funds. Opportunities may include research and/or training with Indigenous communities in Fiji, Mexico, and sovereign Indigenous Nations in Wisconsin, Michigan, and/or upstate New York. Research funding will also be provided. This cohort is part of MSU’s NSF-funded STEM Ed PaCER program.


Research Associate salary will be $70,000/year.


Review of applications will begin Feb. 1, 2023 and close no later than June 1, 2023. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and the position will close once all positions are filled. Positions to begin on or before Aug. 15, 2023. All successful applicants will be funded to attend an orientation session in Summer 2023. 


Special note: We anticipate appointed fellows may show promise for and interest in applying for tenure-track positions at MSU. This promise and interest will be discussed during iterative, supportive mentoring aligned with each Fellow’s aspirations. MSU’s academic hiring process will be followed in appointing any candidate who advances into the tenure-track. 


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


Minimum Requirements Training in one or more of the following areas is required:


  • Community-engagement Participatory research Indigenous studies Scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) Discipline-based education research (DBER) Science education Teacher education Informal education STEM+ education research, including: mathematics, agriculture, physics, geoscience, bioscience, chemistry, engineering, pre-medical, pre-health, etc.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience, both lived and academic, in or with Indigenous/Native/First Nations communities Ability to build and maintain relationships with community partners Good oral and written communication

Required Application Materials Please submit a cover letter, CV and names and contact information of three references.


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


Special Instructions Please visit for more information about STEM Ed PaCER.


Review of Applications Begins On 02/01/2023


Remote Work Statement MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement Founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university, Michigan State University (MSU) enrolls over 50,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. MSU is known internationally as a major public research university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.


The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies (APUE) seeks to help lead MSU's undergraduate student success initiatives by operationalizing MSU's stated beliefs that every student it admits has the capacity to learn, thrive, and graduate and that it is MSU's responsibility to provide an inclusive, equitable curriculum and environment with the academic, social, wellness, and financial support our students need to persist in college and succeed after graduation.


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: Dec 21, 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Dec 21, 2024 Eastern Standard Time

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