The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University invites applications for the position of Research Associate Fixed-Term in Wetlands & Waterfowl Ecology (MSU job no. 495842). The successful candidate will be responsible for co-directing a multifaceted multiyear project to assess waterfowl (and other wildlife) and recreational use of wetlands in Michigan. Responsibilities include designing and conducting research projects that will yield results to inform the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ efforts to manage created and natural wetlands. The Research Associate is expected to mentor graduate students and to communicate research findings to public and professional audiences through oral presentations, peer-reviewed publications and technical reports.
Required Degree: Ph.D. in wildlife ecology with an emphasis on wetland or waterfowl ecology.
• Minimum of three years of postdoctoral experience designing and conducting research focused on wetlands and/or waterfowl ecology
• Strong quantitative skills, particularly in the areas of population modeling and demography
• Consistent history of peer-reviewed publication
• Willingness to fly in small (4 – 6 persons) fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters
• Willingness to travel (often involving overnight stays) within Michigan and the continental United States and Canada.
• Experience working with M.S. and Ph.D. students
• Experience working with state and federal wetland and waterfowl management personnel
• Ability to communicate effectively with professional and nonprofessional audiences
• Demonstrable history of managing research project budgets and logistics
• Experience with programs Distance and Mark
• Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a leadership role within a state or federal wildlife agency and familiarity with waterfowl management on the state, regional and national level.
All applications must be submitted electronically at
Application instructions can be found at the above web address. Review of applications will start on 19 April 2018 and continue until the position is filled. May 1, 2018 is the earliest start date, but actual start date is negotiable.