Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
May 15, 2025
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Research Associate-Fixed Term

Apply now Job no: 861802 Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Communication Arts Sciences Department: Communication 10010162 Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience Location: East Lansing Categories: PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

The Family Communication and Relationships Lab in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University is seeking a full-time postdoctoral research associate. The research associate will be appointed for one year (12-months), with the potential to renew for a second year based on successful performance. The postdoctoral research associate will be mentored by Dr. Elizabeth Dorrance Hall.

The postdoctoral research associate will join a vibrant research team comprised of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will work on a new National Science Foundation funded project to identify types of parent-child communication about STEM interests and careers. The goal of the project is to investigate how parental messages facilitate the resilience of girls and women from diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds in STEM career development.

The postdoctoral research associate will participate in all stages of the project including participant recruitment and retention, conducting interviews, data analysis, scholarly article writing, and planning, implementing, and evaluating educational outreach efforts based on the findings of the research. They will also engage in mentoring junior research team members. The candidate will be supported in pursuing the scientific aspects of the project that best contribute to the development of their own independent line of research. The position offers a competitive salary and benefits, funds for professional development (e.g., methods workshops), and travel funds.

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 -Communication or related field

Minimum Requirements
  • Completion of a PhD in the past three years. The PhD should be attained by the start of the appointment.
  • A background in interpersonal and/or family communication, STEM education, family studies, psychology, or related field.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Experience with mixed-method (quantitative and qualitative) data analysis.
  • Experience conducting interviews.
  • Experience recruiting and conducting research with Black and Hispanic participants.
  • Required Application Materials

    Applicants should include a letter of interest, a diversity statement, and a current curriculum vitae with contact information for three references.

    Special Instructions

    Applicants will be selected based on their academic achievement, scholarly productivity, promise in research, as well as a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

    Direct questions to : Elizabeth Dorrance Hall, PhD, [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.


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    Department Statement

    Michigan State University has more than 49,000 students-of whom nearly 9,000 are undergraduate students of color;in 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study, including more than 275 study abroad programs. The Department of Communication has played a large role in helping to establish the international academic field of communication. Since 1960, the department has awarded 385 doctorates in communication, resulting in a large international network of Michigan State graduates and former faculty. The department is noted for its long-running excellence in communication theory, research design, quantitative methods training, and an apprentice-like experience for advanced students in research teams.

    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: May 15, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time Applications close: May 15, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

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