Research Associate-Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

Postdoctoral research associate to play a leadership role in the coordination and decision analysis on two Tribally-led Multi-agency coastal marsh and wild rice restoration and stewardship planning projects. In collaboration with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians-Wildlife Program (STWP) and the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Center for Cooperative Ecological Resilience (CCER) is leading the Midwest Tribal Wild Rice Coordination and Planning in Partnership. This project will work with all interested Tribal Governments in the Great Lakes Basin to coordinate regular and annual in-person meetings of the Midwest Tribal Wild Rice Collaborative Working Group, develop a Midwest Regional Manoomin (wild rice) Stewardship Plan, and trainings for the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System.


The selected candidate will also work with STWP and CCER to develop a St. Marys River Resilience Plan in collaboration with Tribal, State, Federal, and Non-governmental agencies. This will involve using decision analytics to prioritize conservation needs to and to develop adaptive management approaches for strategic conservation planning in the St. Marys River with a focus on coastal marsh ecosystems. Experience working as part of a collaborative team and with Native American tribes, and an interest in playing a leadership role on a project is strongly preferred. The selected person should have an interest in the scholarship of decision science and will become proficient in using structured decision-making to advance conservation of complicated natural resource issues.

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 -Ecological science or related discipline

Minimum Requirements

PhD in ecological science or related discipline with field experience and a record of research productivity, project coordination, and interest in working with Great Lakes Tribal communities.

Required Application Materials

Please submit your CV, letter of interest, and transcripts (unofficial).

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

Questions about the posting can be directed to Dr. Gary Roloff ([email protected]) or Eric Clark ([email protected]).

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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

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was established in 1950 with faculty drawn from several different units. Since that time, both the faculty and the issues of importance in fisheries and wildlife have changed significantly. Our Mission, Vision, and Values build on our core strengths and prepare us for continuing change in societal needs, scientific understanding, and educational priorities. Our Mission is to build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education, and engagement. We believe a diverse, inclusive working and learning environment enriches the department and fosters innovation in teaching, research, and engagement with partners and the public.

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.


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