Michigan State University Research Associate-Fixed Term in East Lansing, Michigan

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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type:Faculty/Academic Staff

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Social Science

Department:Political Science 10038676


Location:East Lansing

Categories:Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) invites outstanding candidates from political science disciplines to apply to a Research Associate (postdoc) position. The purpose of this Research Associate position is to support promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy. The initial appointment will be for one year, with an option for reappointment for another year based on performance.

The position begins on August 16, 2018, or January 1, 2019, and all applicants must have received a Ph.D. within the last five years and by the positions start date.

  • The successful applicant will be housed in the Department of Political Science.

  • Applicants must be in residence at Michigan State University during the academic terms and are expected to participate in their host department’s seminars, research seminars, occasional lectures, conferences, and other events.

  • Successful candidates should demonstrate evidence of securing external research funding, a record of publishing high-quality research, and a strong future research agenda.

  • Research support of $10,000 will be available to access.

  • There is no teaching requirement for this position.

The successful candidate will be expected to work with Eric Gonzalez Juenke and Nazita Lajevardi to enhance the department's research agenda in Minority Politics, through the publication of co-authored work with the minority politics faculty and graduate students.

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applicants and or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. in Political Science, obtained before the start date for the position is required.

Desired Qualifications

Research interests in race, ethnicity, gender, inequality or the intersection of gender with minority politics in the United States is desired.

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter

  • CV

  • Research statement

  • Two samples of written work, diversity and inclusion statement

  • At least three letters of recommendations to be submitted directly from your referees

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on June 18, 2018 and will continue until filled.


Please contact Eric Juenke (juenke@msu.edu), chair of the search committee, with any questions.

Advertised:Jun 1, 2018Eastern Daylight Time