Research Program Coordinator
Michigan State University
United States

Specialist - Research-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Fisheries And Wildlife 10002344
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Academic Specialist-Research Program Coordinator

Position Summary

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University seeks an Academic Specialist – Research to fill the Research Program Coordinator position within the Data-Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab ( This is a full-time 12-month position with an initial appointment period of 1 year. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator with outstanding organizational skills, experience mentoring and supervising others, demonstrated commitment to advancing inclusive excellence, and a track record of success throughout the entire research cycle (i.e., from idea generation and grant writing to results dissemination).

This position works to advance the Data-Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab through research administration (50%), human resource (20%), and scholarly (30%) activities. The successful candidate will join the Data-Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab at MSU, which includes staff members, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers working both independently and as part of two NSF-funded research teams. The first project, A Macrosystems Ecology Framework for Continental-scale Prediction and Understanding of Lakes, uses data-intensive science approaches to examine lake water quality relationships with land use/cover and climate ( The second project, The Influence of an Inclusive Climate on Early-Career Outcomes, uses quantitative social science approaches to understand factors limiting underrepresented scholars in academic STEM ( The successful candidate will work closely with, and report to, Dr. Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, who leads these interdisciplinary and multi-institutional projects at MSU. The primary responsibility of the Coordinator will be to conduct administrative, human resource, and scholarly activities to advance the Data-Intensive Landscape Limnology Lab.

The Coordinator will have a successful track record of ecological or environmental science research, managing multiple projects simultaneously, and mentoring a diversity of people. Specifically, the research program coordinator will:

  • Plan and run meetings, workshops, and seminars,
  • Oversee and coordinate research,
  • Oversee employee payroll and grant budgets,
  • Advance inclusive excellence in the lab and research programs, especially as related to mentoring and supervising,
  • Coordinate dissemination of research via websites, social media, and scholarly outlets,
  • Conduct outreach to relevant scientific communities and institutions,
  • Provide professional expertise for grant seeking, such as reading and reviewing relevant grant opportunities, collaboratively writing and submitting grant applications, and communicating with program officers and MSU research support personnel, and

Collaboratively design, develop, and conduct research projects.

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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Ecology or Environmental Sciences

Minimum Requirements

The demands of this job require that candidates have a combination of administrative, human resources, and scholarly experiences, skills, and interests. The coordinator will interact with people of all career stages and a wide range of disciplinary and identity backgrounds, and will work both independently and as part of teams. It is required that you:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in ecology or an environmental science.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills, including effective mentoring and supervision; discussion and meeting facilitation; and written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate a history of success throughout the entire research cycle.
  • Familiarity with federal, foundation, and association funding programs.
  • Demonstrate ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.
  • Have strong interest in working with and across disciplines.

Desired Qualifications

Ideally you will have the expertise, dedication, and passion to elevate the lab's research agenda. The following skills and competencies are especially desirable:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in ecology, environmental science, or related field.
  • Have a strong publication track record with at least one first author publication.
  • Have experience working in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary collaborative groups or teams
  • Have experience successfully mentoring undergraduate students
  • Have the ability to coordinate and communicate with members of a team to promote common goals and outcomes.
  • Have knowledge, experience, and interest in open science practices and philosophies.

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

  1. A cover letter describing your administrative, human resource, and scholarly interests and experiences,
  2. Current curriculum vitae,
  3. A 1-page statement that highlights your mentoring philosophy, and how that is aligned with your goals of inclusive excellence, and
  4. Names, email addresses, and phone number of 3 potential references.

Special Instructions

This is a full-time (40 hrs/week), 12 month position and funding is available for up to two years (the appointment is for one year but is renewable for an additional year based on progress/merit). The start date is negotiable, but February 22, 2021 is preferred. Opportunities for training and career development will be provided, including funds for travel to one conference per year. Remote work is possible during the COVID-19 pandemic; afterwards a shared office is provided. Review of applicants will begin January 4, 202 and continue until the position fills. For more information, contact Kendra Cheruvelil, Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site at 

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Department Statement

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. The Data-intensive Landscape Limnology Lab is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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: Jan 11, 2021 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: Jan 10, 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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